Kids’ BracesFresno, CA
With kids’ braces, we can help children to grow up with straight and healthy teeth. As an orthodontist, we can determine when a child will need braces to ensure their teeth grow in straight. In general, children may receive braces as early as eight years of age to 14 years. Kids' braces are an orthodontic device designed to help straighten crooked teeth and treat other oral health issues in children over time.
Kids’ braces are available at Mark Lowe D.D.S. Orthodontics in Fresno and the surrounding area. It is wise to schedule an appointment when your child is still young. Early intervention allows us to promote healthy growth in the child's teeth and development.
Call us and schedule an appointment today to learn if your child needs braces.
Overview of Kids’ Braces
While there are lots of options for braces, most children choose traditional metal braces. These braces are sturdy, and children enjoy dressing them up with colored bands. Traditional metal braces are also durable and easier to care for than clear braces.
The Benefits of Wearing Braces
Early orthodontic treatment helps children avoid oral problems in the future. Early orthodontic treatment creates the space that permanent teeth need to erupt. This space allows the patient to prevent issues with overcrowding in the future. Other benefits of braces can include:
- Correcting crooked teeth
- Helping with bite alignment issues
- Prevents any problems that can result from protruding teeth
- Prevents bits of food or plaque from sticking between crooked teeth
Straight teeth can help provide a uniform smile along with oral health benefits. Following the braces treatment process, patients will not have to worry about other issues that can arise from crooked teeth.
The Braces Process
We can offer advice on how to prepare child patients for the braces process. Before placing them, we will schedule an appointment to take X-rays and an impression of the mouth. With this information, we can ensure the braces are a proper fit. We will also continue to adjust them throughout the straightening process to move the teeth into the correct alignment.
If the teeth are too close together, we will place spacers between the teeth to make room. Placing the braces will typically take one or two hours at most. Once we ensure the teeth are clean, we will attach the brackets onto the teeth with a dental adhesive.
After placing bands around the bracket, we will run a metal wire through them. Following this procedure, we will go over the proper follow-up care and dietary restrictions the patient needs to know.
Proper Follow-Up Care
The parent or guardian will need to take care and follow specific instructions for the next few days after the treatment while the child adjusts to wearing the braces. The child may experience some discomfort in their teeth and will need to eat soft foods for the next few days.
If necessary, we can recommend some pain-reliever medication to help children cope with the soreness. Rinsing with saltwater can also help to ease discomfort in the teeth. If the discomfort continues or seems only to get worse, then call us immediately.
Proper Care for Braces
The parent or guardian will need to keep the child on track with appropriate oral hygiene techniques. Especially with braces, children cannot afford to avoid regular brushing and flossing. We can offer advice on specific flossing tools that will help to clean between the teeth with braces. Without proper hygiene, the teeth will be discolored and look even more awkward after removing the braces.
While it is common for people to brush their teeth at least twice a day, people with braces should brush four times a day. Otherwise, food can build up in the braces and cause decay. The schedule should be once in the morning, after school, after dinner, and before bed.
Parents or guardians will also need to keep an eye on the foods their child eats. These foods can leave bits of debris that are difficult to reach or even break the braces. Food that children with braces need to avoid can include:
- Hard foods such as nuts, jawbreakers, hard pretzels
- Chewy foods such as bagels, rolls, jellybeans, chewy candy
- Crunchy foods such as chips, popcorn, ice
- Sticky, sugary food such as caramels, gum, candy
We will help parents find a guide to keep at home so they can check what foods are ok for the child to eat and which are not.
Call Us Today
Are you interested in learning more about kids’ braces in Fresno? Call 559-467-1235 to make an appointment today. We can help determine if kids' braces are the right treatment for them.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do kids’ braces need to stay on their teeth?
While treatment times vary, most children wear braces for 1-3 years. Proper compliance typically reduces treatment times. Patients should care for the braces and attend all follow-up appointments.
Can children with braces play sports?
Children who wear braces can still play sports. However, children who play contact sports should wear a customized mouthguard. The mouthguard protects the teeth and braces.
Can children play musical instruments when wearing braces?
Kids might go through an adjustment period right after getting braces. During this time, children might need dental wax to make the braces more comfortable. However, most patients find that playing an instrument while wearing braces is similar to playing an instrument without braces.
How long do follow-up appointments take?
Follow-up appointments generally take 20-40 minutes. Most appointments are only 20 minutes, although some will be longer. The orthodontist will provide parents and children with information about the appointment length.
Will teeth need to be extracted before getting braces?
Some patients require extractions before getting braces. The orthodontist evaluates the patient to determine if straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are possible without extracting teeth. If removing specific teeth is necessary before the braces treatment, then the braces will close the gaps left behind.
Will my child continue to experience soreness after the first few days?
Children might experience slight discomfort after getting braces. Also, it is normal to feel some discomfort after follow-up appointments. This discomfort usually goes away within one to two days.
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