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Are Braces Right for My Child?

December 30, 2020

Are Braces Right for My Child?

If you are concerned about your child’s smile, future and present, braces are an obvious treatment to consider. A misconception held by some is that their use, and main purpose, is purely an aesthetic one. But the conditions that braces can treat are varied and if these are addressed early they can save your child from future procedures that are likely to be more invasive, and surely more expensive. Whether braces are right for your child is something your Allen, TX, and McKinney, TX, orthodontists are best suited to advise you on. If you would like to learn more reach out to Dr. Jay Ghosh and Dr. Trent Lofgren of Creekview and McKinney Orthodontics.

Bites and Spacing

It’s important to correct the spacing of your child’s smile, not only to fix unsightly gaps but because of the potential problems that crowded teeth can cause.

Even minor crowding creates hard to reach areas for your child to clean, even if they are very diligent flossers. The plaque that remains, and the bacteria that live within it, may eventually wear away the enamel of their teeth and can lead to cavities.

Problems like overbite, underbite, crossbite, and others, are also correctable with braces. Untreated, the friction between the teeth as they come together will also cause wear which will, in time, affect the teeth’s natural shape.

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can also be caused by incorrect bites. With symptoms such as clicking sounds when eating or chewing and potentially discomfort and pain.

Braces in Allen, TX, and McKinney, TX

Your child’s orthodontist is who will ultimately help you make the decision whether your child may require braces as a preventive measure and whether alternatives such as Invisalign are appropriate for them. So don’t delay, make an appointment today with Dr. Ghosh and Dr. Lofgren of Creekview and McKinney Orthodontics by dialing (214) 547-0001 for the Allen, TX, location and (972) 548-8200 in McKinney, TX.

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