Your child pediatric dentist can identify crowded or crooked teeth and actively intervene to guide the teeth as they come in. Not only will this improve the look of your child’s smile, but early orthodontic treatment may prevent more extensive treatment later on. Braces and other orthodontic appliances can straighten crooked teeth, guide teeth into proper position as they come in, correct bite problems, as well as even prevent the need for tooth extractions.
Having straight teeth not only look better, but they are easier to keep clean and therefore less susceptible to dental decay and gum disease. However, orthodontic treatment takes place over years as your child’s mouth grows and changes. Therefore a commitment to regular dental visits and good home care is a must. Orthodontic treatment is a significant financial investment as well. Yet, since it offers important health benefits, it may be covered at least in part by dental insurance