Braces For Children
Wiewiora & Dunn Orthodontics specializes in orthodontic treatment for children
Orthodontic treatment for children is different from treating teens or adults because children are still developing. However, receiving treatment from an orthodontist as a child can often correct and prevent dental and jaw problems from developing or becoming worse later on in life as a teen or an adult. Braces are just one part of a comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan for children. Our highly experienced Dr. Wiewiora and Dr. Dunn have the skill, knowledge and compassion to develop a personalized orthodontic plan of treatment for your child, including braces as needed.
Does my child need braces?
Your child may need braces if you or your child begin to notice crooked, overlapping or overcrowded teeth. These problems can often occur as a result of a malocclusion, which is a difference in size between the upper and lower jaws. An overbite occurs when a child’s upper jaw is larger than the lower jaw, and an underbite occurs when a child’s lower jaw is larger than the upper jaw.
A poorly developing jaw in a child may cause breathing difficulties, as well. Signs that a child may need braces for airway function include mouth breathing, snoring at night, poor sleep, dark under-eye circles, bedwetting and difficulty paying attention during the day. Some orthodontic problems in children – like crooked teeth – can also be caused by accidents or bad habits, such as thumb sucking.
A child’s dentist frequently will be the first to notice any problems and make recommendations to see an orthodontist like Dr. Wiewiora or Dr. Dunn. If you are concerned that your child may be exhibiting some or any of these signs, seek out an orthodontic consultation as soon as possible. Contact us today to schedule your child’s first consultation with us.
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What age can a Child Get Braces?
All children develop differently, so there is no set specific age that a child can begin orthodontic treatment, including braces. Generally, the earliest time for a child to see an orthodontist is once permanent teeth begin to start coming in. This earliest point is usually about age 7, but, of course, depends on each individual child’s oral development.
Braces may not be the first plan of action to help correct oral issues in a child. In some cases, dental appliances other than braces can be used for correction before braces, while a child still has most of their baby teeth. Then, the next phase would include braces, often for a shorter period of time than using braces alone.
Children can get different types of braces. These include metal, ceramic (clear) and platinum gold braces. While all material types are equally effective, a child may want ceramic braces if they are concerned about appearance, and platinum gold braces may be an option for children with nickel or other metal allergies.
Each case is unique and requires specialized care, which is why it is important to consult an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Wiewiora or Dr. Dunn of Wiewiora & Dunn Orthodontics.
What is the average cost of braces for a child?
The average cost of braces and orthodontic care can vary greatly, depending on your child’s individual needs. At Wiewiora & Dunn Orthodontics, our expert treatment can be customized to your family’s budget. We offer a variety of payment options, including an interest-free, no money down in-house financing plan. We additionally accept CareCredit, LendingClub, Visa, American Express, MasterCard, and Discover – as well as checks and cash.