Many parents are worried about braces for kids. Why does my kid need to see an orthodontist? What’s the difference between early treatment and regular treatment? How will early treatment help my child in the long-run? These are just a few of the questions we hear from parents. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist as early as age seven. At this age, most children have a mix of baby and adult teeth. Not every seven year old needs early treatment. By having a consultation at this age, Dr Couser can explain to you if any early treatment would be beneficial. If it is not, then he can tell you what to expect when your child is between eleven and thirteen years old and has all of his/her adult teeth.
What causes orthodontic problems?
Orthodontic problems can actually be inherited. Crowding of the teeth, too much space between teeth, jaw growth problems, or protruding teeth. Problems can also result from injury to the mouth, early or late loss of baby teeth, or thumb sucking habits.
How will early treatment help my child?
In some cases early treatment can be beneficial. This is only a small number of patients. Far too often, early treatment is explained to parents as this necessary treatment that needs to be done for every child. The orthodontist makes the parents believe that if they don’t do early treatment then their child’s teeth will suffer. Always seek two to three different orthodontic consultations. This can help you decide what is best for your child. If one orthodontist is saying that early treatment is necessary and another is saying that it isn’t, you have to ask yourself why? Dr Couser always explains to patients and parents that if he is recommending not doing early treatment, this clearly isn’t in his best financial interest. Then why would Dr Couser recommend in some cases not doing early treatment? Because it is in the best interest of the patient.