Braces- almost no one wants them, but how many people really need them? Although many people see orthodontic work as something purely cosmetic, the truth is that taking your child to the orthodontist can be just as important as taking them in to the doctor for checkups. A few reasons stand out…
It’s harder to correct teeth as an adult. Just like it takes longer and is more difficult for bones to heal when you are 30, 40, 50, 60, it is harder to adjust your teeth when you enter adulthood. There is a reason that orthodontists recommend getting wisdom teeth pulled before your child turns 18. Over time, it becomes more and more difficult to correct problems.
Self esteem and confidence are important. All children are beautiful, but sometimes you meet those who are embarrassed to smile. They deny it, but once in a while, especially when a camera is around, you can see them trying to look happy and excited with their mouth closed. I wonder how they will feel going into job interviews and on dates. Do they hold back a little bit because they are embarrassed by their teeth?
It’s more affordable now than you think. Most parents are under the impression that braces are purely cosmetic, unless there are some serious jaw and dental issues. So paying for braces for your teenager doesn’t seem like a necessary expense. You take them on vacation and buy them nice clothes – THAT seems more important. But it isn’t. By the time your child reaches college and young adulthood, it’s likely that their life will be far more expensive than it was when they were in middle school. And with financing options, it’s easier than ever to afford the expense.
There are long term health risks to severely crooked teeth. According to the American Dental Association, teeth are a window into the overall health of your body. Teeth overcrowding and wide spacing open people up to tooth decay and periodontal (or gum) disease. Both are caused by buildup of bacteria and gone untreated, will cause horrible breath, mouth sores, bleeding, tender gums and eventually, tooth loss. The American Dental Association states that oral infections not only cause discomfort and pain in the mouth, they will also cause serious health issues including: heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, and diabetes.
Treatment options have grown by leaps and bounds in the last 10 years. Like most of western medicine, orthodontics has developed exponentially over the last few years. It seems like they are always looking for less invasive, more comfortable options for patients. With products like INVISALIGN® on the market, braces go almost unnoticed!
The health benefits of taking your child to the orthodontist early is undeniable. And with affordable payment options, treatment choices, and the benefit of getting to see your child’s beautiful smile, why wait?