Some dental irregularities can be relatively painless, physically speaking, but certainly damaging to your child’s confidence levels. Like it or not, your child’s peer groups, even his or her “friends,” can be overtly insensitive when it comes to his or her appearance. Even well-meaning buddies or best friends can unintentionally wound a child’s fragile ego with so-called “harmless” nicknames that refer to your child’s overbite, crooked teeth or smile.
Going from grade school to middle school with nicknames like “Bucky” or “Toothy” following him or her is only going to make your child’s confidence suffer as new teachers are met, new alliances are formed and new social pressures are introduced.
If you are nervous about the appearance of your child’s teeth or if your child is self-conscious of his or her appearance, early treatment might be the best investment you ever make in your child’s future.
On the other hand, if you are comfortable with crooked teeth for a little longer and your child has no desire or is not mature enough to take care of the braces, then waiting is a perfect option, provided you visit the orthodontist every 6-12 months for growth evaluations and monitoring for the perfect time to start braces.
Do not assume that your child who did not need early treatment at age seven still doesn’t need any intervention at age nine or 10. This false assumption can cost you valuable time and money later in your child’s life.
My recommendation? See the orthodontist regularly even if you know your child won’t need braces for several years. Starting treatment at the best time is a satisfying job for parents, saving both time and money.
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