The smile of a child is a treasure that parents cherish. However, you may have already noticed some signs of misalignment in that special smile. If so, the time may have come to consider orthodontic treatment. For a list of reasons why children and braces go together so well, read the following information provided by your Los Angeles CA orthodontist, Dr. David Alpan.
Three Reasons Children Should Receive Braces
- Early orthodontic treatment can prevent problems from developing. When children receive braces at a young age, the early treatment can intercept problems like overbite or underbite, preventing them from worsening. In some cases, early intervention can prevent problems altogether. An additional benefit of early treatment is that it reduces the need for treatment at an older age.
- Orthodontic treatment lowers the risk of tooth decay. When teeth are misaligned and crowded, many crevices develop. Oral bacteria can hide out in these crevices, which are difficult to clean. Thus, the risk of tooth decay increases and teeth cannot be cleaned very effectively. With properly aligned teeth, on the other hand, bacteria have fewer places to hide, making homecare much simpler.
- Wearing braces during childhood is deemed more socially acceptable. There is an unfortunate social stigma that comes with wearing braces as an older teen or an adult. Thus, by encouraging orthodontic treatment in children, you can prevent a lot of social anxiety down the road. Childhood is a time when many wear braces. Thus, those that do wear braces during this stage of their lives may not feel as self-conscious.
Schedule a Visit with Your Los Angeles CA Orthodontist
Are your child’s teeth misaligned? Have you noticed bite problems or other orthodontic issues that may require treatment? If so, now is the time to act. Children and braces go together much better than adults and braces, so don’t wait any longer. Contact your Los Angeles CA orthodontist, Dr. Alpan, today to schedule an appointment or a consultation by calling (213) 382-8228. We have offices in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and welcome patients from all surrounding areas.