The classic orthodontic treatment for straightening crooked teeth is the application of braces. With today’s technology, wearing braces can be comfortable and attractive. New developments mean wires that go through the brackets, producing a gentler and more continuous force on teeth, making your orthodontic treatment gentle and more efficient.
Are our kids’ teeth getting worse?
Recent surveys show that an estimated 300,000 Canadian children are currently provided with orthodontic treatment, and the numbers have risen in recent years. Are our kids teeth getting worse? Probably not. But we are an increasingly looks-conscious society. And the availability of dental insurance has made orthodontics more affordable for some.
Do braces hurt?
Most dentists warn their patients about discomfort that can last a few days. Co-operation by the child is crucial. Kids in braces need to be extra careful about brushing their teeth. If they are not, they can end up with worse problems than crooked teeth: cavities and gingivitis. When your child is not prepared to “do it right.”, it may be better to delay treatment. So yes, sometimes braces can cause some pain, but the ‘sacrifice’ offers a big reward: beautiful and healthy teeth.
Are braces mostly for cosmetic reasons?
While this can be true, there is also a more functional reason that deals with overall health, namely that of preventing TMJ/TMD and improving airways. This is especially true in kids younger than 11 but OSA can be cured in kids of this age group or younger. Can it be managed beyond that? That requires orthodontics.