Dental braces treatment usually begins when your child has lost most of their primary teeth, and some of their adult teeth have come in. Several factors can influence whether your child will need braces such as if they have any crooked, overcrowded, or overlapping teeth, as well as if they have a malocclusion or an abnormal bite. These types of issues happen as a result of habits or because of an accident, but most often they are inherited. If either parent of the child had to have treatment with braces, then it is likely that the child will need it as well. If you are unsure when the right time is for your child to begin treatment with braces in Sandy, we can help determine that with a consultation. If you bring your child to our clinic for general and preventative kids dentistry Sandy, we will inform you if we see any signs of the common problems that braces are able to correct.
Treatment with dental braces is intended to correct irregular alignment issues by using dental equipment to place steady pressure on your child's teeth. This steady pressure slowly moves your child's teeth into a straighter alignment. The majority of cases will only require the use of brackets that are attached to the teeth, as well as rubber bands and wires that connect the brackets together. More complex cases may require the use of other appliances such as headgear or a spacing appliance.
The duration of treatment with braces varies from child to child depending on the extent of the problems that need to be fixed. The average duration of treatment with braces is around 2 years, however, some cases may take much less or more time. When the braces are on your child's teeth, he or she will need adjustments and monitoring every few weeks. Once the braces come off, your child will need to wear a molded retainer to stop the teeth from migrating back to their original alignment prior to your child having braces. If your child needs braces, we have the expertise and experience to treat alignment issues with braces in Sandy.
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