Nick names like
"brace face" and "metal mouth" might bring back
horrifying memories for some orthodontia survivors. It used to be
bad news to find out braces were necessary.
Being a kid
might be harder in today's world, but some things have gotten easier
figured out that some people don't want others to see their braces.
So they created a bracket that adheres to the back of the tooth.
For some kids,
braces have even become a fashion statement. There are different
colored rubberbands that you can interchange with your outfit, your
mood, spirit day at school, or the holiday. That isn't so
cool for boys - but hold on...! There are even different shapes of braces that can be purchased to match your favorite
How to tell if your child needs braces
It isn't always
what you see that determines the need. It takes a trained eye and
complete set of x-rays to see if your child's teeth and jaw are
see an orthdontist by the time they are seven years old to get an
initial assessment. Jaw growth and tooth alignment can be prevented
or even fixed at that stage so that future treatment might not be
is a big red flag. Although it is one seemingly insurmountable task,
helping your child break that habit is really important. The positioning
of the fingers moves the teeth around and acts as a mold for the
teeth to grow around. The position of the teeth can alter speech,
make it harder to chew food correctly, can affect correct breathing
patterns, and might even change the shape of someone's face.
jaw juts out too far or not enough. This is something that can be
fixed. Some other things parents can look for are jaws that make
sounds, losing baby teeth too early or too late, or simply noticing
that the teeth aren't lining up correctly.
What if my child still resists the idea of braces?
to know, most importantly, that it's not the braces that make a
person who they are. It is only for a season, and one that can be
actually used to accentuate your personality not detract from it.