Think Braces are Just For Teens and Adults? Think Again

If you think of someone with braces, most of the time a gawky teenager that tries to cover their mouth any chance they get comes to mind. That seems to be the most popular view of braces anyway, but it is not necessarily the correct one. Braces are actually meant for and most useful at a much younger age. It is ideal to bring your children to the office of Shabbir Adenwalla, DMD, MS for an orthodontic exam around the time they turn 7.

By this age, all children have grown their primary teeth and are even beginning to lose them, indicating the growth of their secondary adult teeth. If any developmental problems are arising, this age is the perfect time to catch them early and start watching for them so they can be corrected.

You might not think much of it, but there are many developmental issues that can appear as early as age 7. Orthodontic correction can be the best way to make sure your children’s teeth and jaws grow correctly to create functional and healthy smiles. If you put it off until the teenage years, things can be harder to fix because the jaw bones have grown strong.

However, if you start early with your child’s dental health and begin to guide the growth of their jaw and permanent teeth from the age of 7, you can avoid difficulties and costly corrections down the line. Your child will thank you for their healthy smile and that they won’t have to deal with embarrassing braces as a teenager.

To schedule your child’s consultation with Dr. Shabbir Adenwalla, our orthodontist in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, call 440-243-9575 today. We look forward to helping your child on have a great smile for years to come.

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