Learn what to expect for your children
Did you know that the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children receive an orthodontic screening as early as age 7? Many children who face ridicule due to crooked or buck teeth end up having insecurities. Medically and aesthetically, getting braces for your child is an important step to preparing him or her for a happy, successful future.
A kids’ orthodontist can help your child with orthodontic issues ranging from malocclusion to TMJ and overcrowding. We expect you have a lot of questions, so we’ve dedicated this blog to answering frequently asked questions by parents about braces for kids orthodontist treatment.
4 FAQ’s about Kids Orthodontic Treatment
Q: What is the average age when children usually get braces?
A: Orthodontic treatment usually occurs with children/adolescents between the ages of 10 and 14, because the head and teeth are still growing at this point. This is the most efficient time to straighten teeth because children have more malleable bones. This means that treatment times may be more brief when treatment occurs during this age.
Q: What types of treatment are available for my child?
A: At Yardley Ortho, you have several options for your child:
- Traditional Braces. Metal braces have advanced a great deal from what was offered when you were a kid. They’re light, made of a high-grade stainless steel, and guarantee excellent results. Many kids and teenagers enjoy the “bolder” look they can choose with the different-colored elastic options.
- Invisalign Teen. Though more expensive than the traditional braces, Invisalign is often worth it for kids who feel particularly self-conscious. Invisalign clear aligners allow the orthodontics treatment to take place without the unnecessary attention. Custom-made for your child’s mouth, Invisalign must be worn at least 22 hours per day for the best results. The pro is that they can be taken out; the con is that this means they can be lost or broken.
- Incognito. Incognito, or lingual braces, represent the next generation of metal braces technology. They’re located on the inside of the teeth, making them the most invisible brace option out there. They’re custom-designed for your child’s mouth using computer-aided design and manufacturing, so they don’t require adjustment the way metal braces would. This makes Incognito a huge favorite for kids and parents!
Q: How much do braces cost, typically?
A: On average, braces for children may cost between $2,000 and $6,000, depending on a number of factors. There are many ways you can cut down on cost and keep your child smiling. We can help you find the most affordable option for your child’s needs. Most health plans have provisions for braces when the patient is under 18 years old. Under Obamacare, children’s dental care is a required benefit. You’ll need to talk to your insurance company to find out what’s covered in your child’s plan.
Q: Will treatment be uncomfortable?
A: If your child gets metal braces, these will need to be tightened at each visit. The mild pressure caused by tightening gradually shift teeth or jaws into the desired position. Your child may have some discomfort about 1-2 days after the visit but this should only be brief. You can help your child alleviate this by swishing warm salt water and by taking over-the-counter pain medications such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil/Motrin (ibuprofen). Note: Do not give your child both Advil and Motrin, as these are both ibuprofen and could cause an overdose.
Yardley Ortho: “My Kids’ Orthodontist”
We hope you’ll consider Yardley Ortho for your children’s orthodontic needs. A “kids orthodontist near me” in Yardley, PA, we are a practice dedicated to providing high-quality orthodontic care to kids, teens, and adults. Dr. Riesenberger is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, and the Mid-Atlantic Society of Orthodontists. He and the dedicated staff will make sure that your child’s visit is comfortable!
Get an appointment with our kids’ orthodontist Dr. Riesenberger by filling out this short appointment form.