Here at South OC Dentistry, we are proud to offer braces for kids. Though adults also wear braces, braces are more common in children and young adults.
It is really important to treat any problems with alignment, overcrowding, and other orthodontic problems early. If left untreated, your child or young adult may have more problems down the line. They will be more likely to have tooth decay and gum disease. They may also suffer damage to the jaw joints.
The most common reason that children and young adults need braces is to fix a malocclusion or bad bite. This is commonly seen with babies who suck their thumbs or pacifiers. If they continue to suck for long periods of time, their teeth can actually get pushed out into a different position, which really affects their bites.
Young children often have to worry about having too many teeth coming in at once. Sometimes they have double teeth, which really causes them to have bad bites.
Normal jaws meet at the same point, allowing you to open and close your jaw evenly. A correct bite allows you to eat and speak normally. If your teeth or jaws do not have an even bite, you will have trouble with eating, speaking, and much more.
Ideally, orthodontists recommend starting treatment early rather than later. It is recommended that children visit the orthodontist for the first time at age seven. At that time, we can monitor their mouths and growth, starting treatment at the opportune time. To get the best results, the ideal age to wear braces is usually between seven and fourteen years old.