Unless you’ve spent years studying dentistry and have made it your true calling, you probably won’t know a whole lot about dentistry. That’s okay. The best orthodontists in the San Diego area can answer any question you might have during your appointment. But in the meantime, let’s try to get some of those questions answered right now.
Do I Really Need Braces?
This question is a favorite among kids. The truth is that maybe, but we’ll have to wait to give your teeth an examination to know for sure. Kids may be in need of braces for a number of reasons. If teeth are crooked or crowded, if a child’s jaw shifts or makes noises, they have trouble chewing or biting, or they breathe through their mouths too often, they may be in need of braces.
Fine. How Long Do I Need Them For?
The inevitable follow-up to the question above is how long will I need to wear braces for. Must children will only have to wear braces for one to two years. Some kids may need to wear braces for up to three years. If your kids are worried about wearing braces they may be in favor of Clear Aligners, or invisible braces. These two types of ‘braces’ are nearly invisible and do their job just as well as traditional braces.
When Will My Child’s Teeth Fall Out?
Considering that baby teeth don’t fully develop until the age of three, you shouldn’t expect them to start falling out until age five or six. The middle set of teeth in the lower row of the mouth will be the first to go.
When Should My Baby See the Dentist?
An infant should have their first dental appointment just before their first birthday. A dental visit at this age will allow your dentist to inform you as to the progress your child’s teeth are making as well as give you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have regarding your child’s dental habits.