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Does My Child Need Orthodontic Treatment?

Braces seem to be a rite of passage for many adolescents, but many parents start wondering about the need for correction as soon as their child's baby teeth start to come through. At DiMariano Family Dentistry in Folsom, CA, we believe in assisting parents through all the stages associated with their child's dental health. Below, Dr. Shaina DiMariano answers a few questions that parents often ask regarding braces for their child.

How do I know if my child needs braces?

You may wonder about the need for braces after noticing that your child's teeth are starting to emerge crookedly or that their upper or lower jaw appears overly small or large. Children who lost baby teeth too early (from an accident, for example) or have a pacifier or thumb-sucking habit can often benefit from orthodontics. Genetics can also play a large part in whether or not braces will be needed; if one or both of a child's parents required braces, it's entirely possible that they'll need them too. Your Folsom family dentist can determine if orthodontics will help guide your child's teeth into place.

At what age will my child need braces?

There is no set age that your Folsom, CA, dentist will suggest orthodontics for your child. The need for braces depends on a number of factors, including the development of the jaw and the growth pattern of the permanent teeth. Many dental professionals, including Dr. DiMariano, start monitoring the progress of a child's teeth around the age of seven and begin to make recommendations for orthodontics at that time.

Why are orthodontics necessary?

Having straight teeth doesn't just look nice in pictures. Orthodontic treatment also helps to remove crevices and overlaps that can collect food particles and lead to gum disease and cavities. Problems with chewing and speaking from poorly aligned jaws and teeth can also be corrected with braces.

To make an appointment regarding your child's future with orthodontics, contact DiMariano Family Dentistry in Folsom, CA, today!

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