Braces For Kids FAQ

At Yummy Dental, our mission is to help kids throughout Glenview and the greater Chicago, IL area develop healthy, beautiful smiles that last a lifetime. We're proud to offer comprehensive pediatric dental treatment to help our patients achieve that, but sometimes, creating the best smile requires early orthodontic treatment, as well. Wondering why your child might need braces or what the process is like? We've compiled a few of the most frequently asked questions about pediatric braces to help parents understand this treatment.

Common Questions About Orthodontics for Kids

Does your child need braces even though they're not a teenager yet? For many parents, this can be something of a confusing subject – so to help clarify the issue, we've collected some of the most common questions we hear from our patients, alongside their answers.

Q: Why does my child need braces?

Early orthodontic treatment isn't necessary for everyone, and most children won't need braces until they reach adolescence. However, there are some cases where the best way to create a great smile is to start orthodontic treatment early. This is particularly true when there are problems in the development of the jaw. During childhood, the jaw is actually two separate halves, so we can use an orthodontic appliance called a palatal expander to gradually and painlessly widen the jaw, creating more room for the teeth.

Q: When should my child have their first orthodontic screening?

In keeping with the American Association of Orthodontists, we recommend that kids have their first orthodontic evaluation at age 7. The back bite has fully grown in at this age, which allows our Glenview orthodontist to spot both current problems and problems that may develop down the line. We often won't start treatment at this age, instead choosing to monitor your child's growth until the right time – but evaluating early gives us the option.

Q: Is it worth it to use braces if my child still has baby teeth?

It all depends on your child's orthodontic condition, but there are some situations where early intervention can help us correct an orthodontic condition even if your child still has baby teeth. Usually, we'll use early treatment to deal with severe cases of a few common problems:

  • Crowding
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Crossbite

Q: Will my child still need braces as a teenager?

Yes, generally speaking, they will. Early orthodontic treatment allows us to influence the growth of the jaws and make broad changes to the alignment of your child's teeth, but we'll still need to use adolescent orthodontic treatment to make the final adjustments and fine-tune the smile. However, early treatment ensures that your child spends the least time possible in braces overall.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Glenview Orthodontist

Braces aren't necessary for every child, but in certain cases, they can dramatically improve your child's orthodontic outcome and prevent the need for more severe treatments down the line. And as always, if you think your child might benefit from early treatment or your child is approaching their 7th birthday, we're here to help! Use our easy online form to schedule a consultation at our office. We'll diagnose your child's orthodontic condition, map out the best treatment plan, and set them on the road to a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. We can't wait to hear from you!