Parents are often concerned about the development of their children’s teeth but are unsure if they need orthodontic treatments. At Elegant Orthodontics, Susan Baloul, DMD, MS, DScD, is a dual-trained specialist in orthodontics and periodontics. Dr Baloul provides braces for kids living in Boston and Norwood, MA and nearby cities, to ensure proper positioning and alignment of their teeth.
What are Braces for Kids?
The American Association of orthodontists recommends children visit an orthodontist around age seven. This visit allows orthodontists to determine if orthodontic care is necessary now or in the future to ensure the proper development. By this visit, most children will have a mix of primary and permanent teeth.
Why Do Kids Need Braces?
Dr. Baloul is typically able to diagnose and begin orthodontic treatment with children’s braces to correct most tooth and jaw problems. In many cases, it is important to start treatment early to give her the best chance of avoiding future problems.
Braces for Kids
Braces for Kids, Early orthodontic intervention allows Dr. Baloul to:
- Correct habits such as thumb sucking
- Improve some minor speech problems
- Create more space for crowded teeth
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
- Guide the growth and development of the jaw to help permanent teeth come in straighter
- Prevent the need for tooth extractions
How Do I Know If My Child Needs to See an Orthodontist?
Children often need to see an orthodontist to correct or prevent the following:
- Crowded, broken, or misplaced teeth
- Thumb sucking
- Mouth breathing
- Popping or other sounds when opening or closing their jaw
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Teeth that do not come together or are misaligned
- Difficulties chewing or biting food
Are Braces Painful?
Braces for Kids, There is often some initial discomfort at the start of the treatment as well as after each appointment for adjustment. This is remedied with over-the-counter pain relievers and greatly diminishes within a day or two. It takes some time to get accustomed to having braces but within a week or so, it is second nature to have them.
How Long Will My Child Wear Braces?
Children typically have orthodontic treatment in two phases. The first involves guiding the teeth as they come in and making room for them. Once the permanent teeth have come in, braces may be used to straighten teeth. The amount of time varies depending on the type of treatment.
How Much Do Braces for Kids Cost?
The cost of braces for kids varies based on the type of treatment and the extent of the issues to be corrected. We review the costs during a consultation with Dr. Baloul as well as the payment and financing options. Patients with dental insurance may have coverage for orthodontics. It is typically chosen as an elective when orthodontics is planned.
If you live in Boston and Norwood, MA and notice your child has orthodontic issues, Susan Baloul is a dual-trained specialist in orthodontics and periodontics, and provides braces for kids to correct improper oral development and ensure the repositioning of teeth. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.