August 24, 2016
When I was a child, braces were the standard way to treat crooked teeth. As I grew up, I watched fellow classmates get braces. Even today, most of us know someone wearing braces to correct their teeth right now. If you think about braces, you probably imagine clunky brackets and wires, uncomfortable wire changes, or even sores developing in your mouth. The good news is that today orthodontic solutions are no longer barbaric or painful.
In fact, with early intervention, we can make sure your child never has to wear braces. The average price of braces is more than $5,000. I know some families who have easily sunk more than $20,000 into their children’s orthodontic treatment. If you’re a parent, you need to read this blog. You’ll learn why patients visit us from across the state. And imagine the headaches and money you could save yourself and your family by straightening your children’s teeth without braces.
Benefits of Straight Teeth
There are some obvious reasons for a straighter smile, but a straighter smile can also help improve your oral and overall health. Here are some things a straight can do for your child:
• More confidence in social situations
• Better oral health (straighter teeth are easier to clean)
• Less wear and tear (crooked teeth or bad bites can create uneven wear and tear on teeth)
• Reduced risk of jaw muscle issues (Patients with an off-balanced bite often have problems with their temporomandibular joint, which can trigger painful headaches and facial tenderness.
• Better breathing (With straight teeth and open palate, we have nothing blocking the airways)
Moving Teeth Without Braces
I know you may have had braces, and your parents may have had braces, but that doesn’t mean your children have to have braces. There are other ways to treat your children’s dental need. At Synergy Dental Center, we use cutting-edge approaches to bypass the need for traditional braces or even the need of extractions. The key is to start assessing and treating your child’s mouth earlier in their lives — when they are still infants. Removing issues like tongue-ties or lip-ties can help your child grow naturally straight teeth. When the tongue is in the right position, the jawbone can develop into a better position.
By the time your child is about 5 or 6 years old, we can begin treatments. That’s often before all the permanent teeth have developed. We don’t do this with braces, we do this with orthotropics, which are removable retainer-like oral appliances that promote healthy facial growth. A straight, beautiful smile is about more than the development of your teeth; it’s about how the face develops. We can influence bone growth and then help your child achieve straight teeth. Orthotropics looks at how the upper and lower jaw are forming, proper oral posture, and great facial muscle tone. We like to see horizontal growth instead of vertical growth in our child orthodontic patients. People with vertical growth often develop issues with sleep apnea later in life. A nice, horizontal growth in the jaw will keep the airway open and give your child a nicer profile.
Most children can wear the orthotropic devices for about a one year and achieve a better facial structure and closed-mouth posture. After this treatment, they’ll never need braces or other orthodontic work. This is great news for parents because orthotropics is noninvasive and not painful — two things braces are not known for. Your child will achieve a healthier, straighter smile with the painful lengthy treatments.
Don’t wait until your children are pre-teens to begin their orthodontic journey. At Synergy Dental Center, we can begin setting your child up for a healthy, beautiful mouth before they even start school. Call our office today at 307-622-1311.