In the first part of the article, you found out how useful braces are, how they are applied and what types of orthodontics devices are used to correct teeth and jaw misalignment. Now you will understand the necessity of orthodontists and when it is the right time to visit one.

A dentist is able to correct mild problems, but if the issue needs extensive orthodontic work, then you need to get the help of an orthodontist. They have the professional training in advanced orthodontic education. In addition most orthodontists are specialized in straightening teeth and correction of misaligned bites and jaw problems.

When is it the right time to see an orthodontist?

You can visit a dentist. And if you have extensive dental problems, he or she will tell you to seek the help of an orthodontist. A dentist can tell you when it is the right time to see an orthodontist. Furthermore, the ADA (American Dental Association) recommends that all kids by the age of 7 are to be evaluated for orthodontics. By that age, a professional can detect minor jaw problems and problems with emerging teeth. Some kids are under active treatment between ages 9 and 15. It is recommended that you correct dental problems when your child is still growing. Once the growing has stopped the treatment takes longer and needs more work.

Some children start the orthodontic treatment as early as 6 or 7 years old. There is no exact age when children require orthodontics. If your dentist said that your child needs to be evaluated by an orthodontist, then it is probably best to take them to one. You don’t have to be afraid of braces. They don’t hurt, but a slight discomfort can be present the first time braces are installed as well as when adjustments are made.

How to take care of your teeth while wearing braces

You need to make your child understand that wearing braces is a great responsibility. Any person wearing braces needs to have impeccable oral hygiene. Cleaning braces after every meal needs to be a permanent habit. Brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash are normal. But this is not all. Some foods need to be avoided because braces are delicate and can break if your child is not careful. And if the braces break apart, then the teeth can move into unwanted directions and make the treatment harder. Any type of sticky, hard or chewy foods should be avoided, especially things like:

  • Ice
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Chewing gum
  • Hard candy
  • Chewy candy (caramel)
  • Gummies

By taking care of the teeth correctly, your child ensures that the treatment takes as less time as possible. The length of the treatment may vary depending on the problems and how the child’s growth cooperates. Most people wear braces 18 to 36 months. Your child should also wear a retainer. Teeth, like every other part of the body, change over time, so once the retainer is no longer used, slightly changes to the teeth are to be expected.

Ask your dentist if your child needs to see an orthodontist and trust the advice of a professional.