Understandably a very common question that parents ask our orthodontists is “Why Does My Child Need Braces Again?”
Dr. “O” and Dr. “Wil” recommend seeing children at the age of about 7 or earlier if your family dentists suggest that they be seen earlier. After that, the doctors will recommend seeing them on about a 6 month basis so they can monitor jaw growth, spacing and be sure baby teeth are being lost at the correct time to make room for the proper eruption of their permanent teeth.
The doctors will never recommend early treatment unless they feel it is absolutely necessary. If your child has early treatment it would involve limited braces and the treatment time is typically very short.
Usually Dr. “O” and Dr. “Wil” will give your child a retainer to wear to maintain teeth in the proper position until all of the permanent teeth have erupted. At that time, the doctors will determine whether further braces treatment is required. It is very rate that all of the permanent teeth erupt in the proper position. A second braces treatment might be recommended.
During this second treatment the doctors will be fine-tuning the alignment and bite. This is an important part of braces, so with the proper retainer wear; you can be assured that your child will have a healthy, beautiful smile for a lifetime.
Ousama El-Hillal, referred to as Dr. O by patients, staff and friends is an Orthodontist at E&S Orthodontics. He founded E&S Orthodontics with Dr. Saavedra in 2004. He is driven to create Wide Beautiful Smiles Without Extractions.