Braces for kids Q & A

Braces for kids Q & A

If you have been following our journey, we have recently entered the world of braces! We had SO many questions when we were getting started! Cameron Orthodontics in Davis County was so kind to answer all of them and we wanted to share them here for you!

They are also running a CRAZY deal right now for Salt Project readers! If you mention "The Salt Project" when you go in for your FREE consultation they will hook you up with FULL BRACES for only $3999! I know right! This deal is only for the summer and only for our readers so jump on it before in expires September 1, 2017.

 

Now, onto our Q & A:

Does my kid need braces?

 

               “Does my kid need braces?” is the most common question we’re asked.  Parents want the best for their kids.  They want to provide a better life, more opportunity, and a successful future them.  It doesn’t matter what it is, if their child “needs” it, they’ll move heaven and earth to get it done.  So when parents ask if their child “needs” braces, it’s always hard to answer a simple “yes”.  No one dies of crooked teeth, so unlike air, food, water and love, braces aren’t essential to life.  That being said what recent research is telling us is that braces provide a huge benefit to the recipients. 

Kids that have braces tend to have a higher self-esteem, are less likely to be bullied, and are thought to be more intelligent by their peers and adults, meaning they are treated differently.  It’s not just appearance either.  Braces help correct the bite, guide healthy facial growth and jaw position leading to improved eating and chewing as well as better muscle balance, facial symmetry, and long term dental health.

So if you want to give your kids a huge social, physical, and health advantage, give them braces.  It will make a big difference that you will see not only when they smile but when they interact with the world.  Come into Cameron Orthodontics for a free initial exam and consultation with Dr. Cameron and find out if your child “needs” braces.

 

What age do kids need braces?

 

               The American Association or Orthodontists, the governing body of orthodontic specialists, suggests that ALL kids see an orthodontist by age 7.  By age 7 most kids have their permanent four front teeth and permanent first molars in and this is a great time to do an initial screening.  Many problems that occur when the remaining permanent teeth come in, around age 12, have their roots in the position of the four front teeth and the first molars.

               Seeing the orthodontist at age 7 doesn’t mean getting braces.  Statistically, only 1 child out of 10 will need something early.  At that early visit we look for things like crossbites, impacted teeth, crowding, facial asymmetry, thumb or finger habits, functional habits like tongue-thrusting, or the presence of missing or extra teeth.  Kids with these problems would be candidates for Phase 1 treatment, also known as early-treatment, or interceptive-treatment.  Phase 1 treatment gets its name because all the teeth have not come in yet, requiring a second phase of treatment, Phase 2, later when all the adult teeth have come in. 

Kids that don’t require early treatment would go into an observation program where a child would be seen for an annual check-up to monitor the growth and development of the teeth and jaws.  When all the permanent teeth come in, usually around age 12, they would be ready to start their orthodontic treatment.

If your child is 7 years or older and hasn’t seen an orthodontist yet, call today and set up an initial exam with Dr. Cameron at Cameron Orthodontics.  The initial exam is free and will give you valuable information about your child’s dental health and development.

 

(before braces)

Why should I care about my kids getting braces?

 

            Parents want what’s best for their children.  They want them to have as many opportunities and advantages as possible.  They want their children to be successful in an increasingly complex and competitive world.  Braces are definitely a way to help your kids.

            Braces have very much become a rite of passage that nearly all kids go through.  It’s a reference point, a shared experience with peers.  An expectation when unfulfilled leaves a child “out”.

Studies have shown that kids with braces, when compared to kids, without braces, had higher self-esteem, were less likely to be bullied, and were treated differently by their teachers, who judged them to be more intelligent.  What parent doesn’t want those things for their kids?       

If you are thinking it might be time for braces or wondering if your child needs braces, come and see Dr. Cameron at Cameron Orthodontics.  The initial exam is free and as a orthodontic specialist he can tell you what’s needed and when the best time would be to get started.

(1st day with braces)

How much do braces cost?

            There is huge variation in what braces cost from state to state, city to city, and even office to office.  In Utah the typical cost of braces, including the exam, all treatment, and retainers, is between $4000-5500.  These costs cover the cost of doctor with 10 years of specialized schooling, a highly trained team, specialized equipment, all the visits that are part of the braces experience, and retainers when you’re finished.

            Orthodontics is one of the biggest investments a family will make and most offices will have flexible payment options to make it affordable for families.

            Braces really are an investment, improving appearance, function and health of the teeth, giving a life-long personal advantage that may influence your child’s performance in school, their confidence, their employment, and even who they marry.

            If you are wondering if your child needs braces but worried about how to pay for them, come into Cameron Orthodontics for a free exam, at that appointment Dr. Cameron and his team will let you know what’s needed, what it will cost, and work with your budget to figure out a payment that will work for your unique situation.

Do they offer payment plans?

 

            Almost all orthodontic offices offer payment plans.  We believe that braces are such big deal and make such a big difference that everyone should be able to afford treatment.  Braces are one of the best investments a parent can make in their child’s health, self-esteem, and future success.

            At Cameron Orthodontics every exam includes a complimentary insurance benefit check and a clear break down of costs.  We then work with every family to find a payment plan that works best for them.  Every family and every budget is unique, so we tailor each treatment plan and how to pay for it to the individual.

            Schedule a free consultation at Cameron Orthodontics today and find out more about how we make braces affordable on any budget.

 

How long will they have braces?

 

            To answer the question of “how long will braces take?” it is important to understand a few important points.  The first is that every person needs customized care so treatment times vary from person to person.  The second is that braces work by activating cells in the bone around teeth, allowing the teeth to move only as fast as the cells can remodel the bone.  That means that you cannot shortcut the biological process.  The third thing to know is that patients can have a big impact on their treatment by doing what’s asked, showing up to their appointments, and keeping their teeth clean and shiny.

            With these three points in mind, at Cameron Orthodontics we routinely get great results with our patients in 12-24 months.  During that time braces are glued on the teeth, wires are changed, rubber bands are worn, and the teeth progressively get better and better.  We don’t quit until the smile is just right, the teeth are well aligned, and the bite fits perfectly.

            If you are curious about how long braces would take for your child, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Cameron and his team.  They can tell you what’s going on, what it will take to fix it, how long the braces will last, and what it will cost.

How do I pick an orthodontist?

 

            Picking an orthodontist isn’t easy.  There are a lot of them out there and they are absolutely not all the same.  In many ways, each orthodontist is an artist, and just like Picasso and DaVinci are different, each doctor envisions a great smile differently.

            When picking a doctor, it helps to see some of their results.  Seeing smiles that exemplify a doctor’s work will help you decide if they can deliver what you want for your or your child’s smile.  

Braces last for up to 24 months, so find a doctor and team you like, you’ll have to discuss lots of things with them from health issues to scheduling to money.  It will make a difference to work with people you like and who are professional and respectful.

Make sure the office is convenient.  During treatment, you will have to visit the orthodontist every 4-8 weeks for adjustments.  These visits are usually on 20-30 minutes long but each one will be critical to getting a great finish.  Find an office that will work with your schedule to get the best result.  Cameron Orthodontics is conveniently located across from Kids Town Dental and is open most days, even Fridays, from 9-5.

Last thing is pick an office that is fun.  Orthodontic visits are easy when your kids are looking forward to each visit.  At Cameron Orthodontics, we have prizes for kids, fun contests, and a team that is engaged in making every visit special and fun.

Picking the right orthodontist may take a little work but it’s worth it to find the right fit for you and your family.  Come in for a free consultation and meet Dr. Cameron and his team.  I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

 

Do braces hurt?

            A lot has changed in the past 10 years in orthodontics.  The memory of most parents is of a very uncomfortable experience with lots of pressure a mildly sadistic doctor and team, and the big brackets, bands, and wires that were terribly uncomfortable.

            Today’s braces are smaller, smoother, and more comfortable.  The wires we use are also softer, more flexible and use a lot less pressure to move the teeth.  The colors are brighter.  The retainers are thinner, and you’ll find that the experience is wholly easier than it was even 5 years ago.

            There are also other advances like Invisalign that completely avoid brackets and give more comfort and flexibility with your lifestyle than ever before. 

            Despite all that’s new and different, moving teeth is the same, apply pressure and waiting for them to move.  The way that we do that and the decreased amount of pressure make it a lot less painful than in the past but it can still be uncomfortable.  We tell our young patients to plan on the first two days after braces go on to be sore.  Once the teeth start to move though, the soreness passes quickly.  The mouth adapts to the smaller braces and thinner wires.  The braces will have to continue to be adjusted, and sometime that can be a little uncomfortable too but not terrible. 

 

Ok guys, I hope this helped anyone that was wondering about braces. Be sure to check out our journey HERE.

Stephanie

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If you mention "The Salt Project" when you go in for your FREE consultation they will hook you up with FULL BRACES for only $3999! I know right! This deal is only for the summer and only for our readers so jump on it before in expires September 1, 2017.

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