Braces for Kids in Charles County, MD
With convenient offices in Waldorf and Leonardtown, serving Charles County and St. Mary’s County, Maryland, Sequence Orthodontics offers braces and other orthodontic treatments for children who require orthodontic treatment to improve their smiles and oral health.
What Are Braces for Kids?
Dental braces for children are orthodontic devices designed to align and straighten teeth, adjust the position of a child's bite and improve overall oral health. When applied during childhood, braces effectively correct and prevent overbites, underbites, malocclusions, crooked teeth, crowded or improperly spaced teeth and other structural or cosmetic conditions of the teeth and jaw. Dental braces may be applied to children in conjunction with other orthodontic devices to help widen the palate or jaws, or to otherwise align the teeth and jaws, improving overall oral function.
What Are the Advantages of Wearing Braces for Kids?
Childhood is the best time for orthodontic treatment, as the effects will improve oral health for the majority of the patient’s life, in some cases preventing other problems from developing in the future.
Is My Child a Good Candidate for Kid Braces?
Although braces may be applied at any age, children between the ages of seven and 10 are optimal candidates for braces, as this is the age when permanent teeth are still pliable enough to be easily repositioned. Braces may also be effectively applied to older children, as well as teens, to provide lifelong oral health benefits.
How Long Will My Child Have to Wear Braces?
The average length of time for orthodontic treatment in children is about 18 to 24 months, although some cases may require shorter or longer treatment periods. Typically, treatment of young children takes less time than treatment of older patients.
Are Kid Braces Painful or Is Any Pain Management Required?
Although the application procedure is typically not painful, your child may experience some discomfort as his or her teeth begin to shift due to the pressure from the wires and elastic ligatures. They may also experience discomfort following each orthodontist appointment whenever their braces are adjusted, and this may last several days. Over-the-counter pain medication normally provides relief, and dental wax may also be applied to the braces to prevent them from irritating the inside of the child’s mouth. Our staff will provide you and your child with detailed instructions on how to use the wax at your application appointment.
What Should I Do Next?
If you are a parent of a child who requires orthodontic treatment in Charles County or St. Mary’s County, Maryland, contact our Waldorf or Leonardtown office to schedule an appointment to discuss braces with the staff at Sequence Orthodontics.