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Children and Braces

Does my Child Need Braces?

Braces are being prescribed to children at a younger age in recent years as an alternative to the retainers and “head gear” that many of us adults had to endure in childhood. The reason that more children need braces is that dentists have discovered that braces at an earlier age will help to solve issues with crooked and crowded teeth sooner and easier than waiting until the child is an adolescent or young adult. Nowadays it is not uncommon for a child to be referred to an orthodontist as young as seven years old to get assessed for braces.

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How to Spot Signs of Dental Problems in your Child

There are definitely signs that parents can be on the lookout for. Your child should have all of his or her 20 primary teeth by the time he or she is three years old. Adult, permanent teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six and nine, though these are just averages. With routine dental visits every six months you and your dentist can be on the lookout for adult teeth growing in crowded or crooked, and you should book an appointment with the dentist, if you suspect this is the case.

Consultation with a Dentist

After your dentist has noted issues that could become more serious with time, he will refer your child to an orthodontist. This consultation usually does not cost anything so it is worth seeing the doctor for his or her opinion. The orthodontist will look for tooth crowding and jaw misalignment primarily, and this will include checking for a severe overbite or under bite. Children have softer bones and this makes it much easier to spot these problems early and to receive treatment as soon as the dentist and orthodontist deem it necessary.


How much do Braces Cost?

The cost of braces will range based on where you live, and the dentist or orthodontist you choose to fit the braces for your child. The range is generally between $2000-$8000 dollars. Many dental plans through your place of employment may cover some of these expenses so be sure to check your plans. It is also important to keep in mind that a dentist or orthodontist will not expect you to pay this all at once, and payment plans will be arranged to make the costs easier on the family.

What Happens If I Don’t Get my Child Braces?

Your child’s teeth my affect his or her appearance. Many children have had to go through life feeling self-conscious and with poor self-esteem due to the appearance of their teeth. Unfortunately, they may also become a victim of bullying. Straight teeth also help individuals to speak and chew better so crooked teeth can cause numerous physical and psychological problems if they are not corrected.

Early prevention and treatment is the best path toward straight and fully functional teeth for your child. If you would like to book an appointment for your child with a dentist contact Chapnick Dental Office at, 705-722-4848 in Barrie or 647-504-4407 in the Toronto area.

We are a Family Friendly Practice

At Chapnik Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

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