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Various malocclusion occur in most people - in more than 80% of patients, orthodontists identify the presence of one or another occlusion anomaly. This is not only an aesthetic defect, an incorrect bite can cause quite serious functional disorders in the human body.

To prevent this, it is necessary to consult a specialist in a timely manner and eliminate the defect. It is best to do this at a time when the dental jaw system has not yet fully formed: at this time, the teeth lend themselves well to correction.

Braces are one of the most effective treatments for malocclusion in children and adolescents.

Signs that your child may need braces:

  1. Early or late loss of milk teeth
  2. Crowded teeth
  3. Teeth growing in the wrong position
  4. Teeth that do not touch (open bite)
  5. Difficulty with chewing and biting
  6. The child often bites his cheeks
  7. Thumb sucking after 6 years

Many orthodontists recommend the first visit by age 7 when adult teeth begin to appear. At this point, any alignment issues should be evident, and the orthodontist can plan treatment, even if it doesn't start within the next few years. Identifying the need for braces early means faster and more effective treatment.

But even if your child is already a teenager, it is not too late to start treatment. If you have any concerns, let your dentist know or make an appointment directly with the orthodontist.

Which braces are best for children?

Modern orthodontics offers a wide range of good quality braces for children and adolescents.

The material used for the braces does not affect the final result. Most often, children are prescribed metal systems.  If the child is very shy, it is better to give preference to inconspicuous materials - ceramics or sapphire. If the little Patient likes to be in the spotlight, unusual braces - with multicoloured elastic bands, in the form of flowers, and others - will suit him.

How to convince a child to wear braces?

It can be difficult to convince a child to wear a brace system. Children are often shy about orthodontic designs and feel uncomfortable.

In order to motivate a child to treat malocclusion, the following measures can be taken:

-explain that the result of the treatment will be a perfect smile with straight teeth;

-show photographs of young stars of show business who were not at all embarrassed by wearing braces: children often imitate their idols;

-allow the child to independently choose the brace system so that he feels the importance of his opinion and does not consider wearing braces imposed by his parents;

-it's good if you can give an example of friends or classmates who also wore or are wearing braces.

How to wear braces correctly?

It must be understood that wearing a bracket system requires strict adherence to the rules of personal hygiene. Braces need a special cleaning procedure not only in the morning and in the evening, but also after each meal.

In order not to damage the braces, the child will have to exclude too hard and viscous food from the diet: sweets, nuts, lollipops, chewing gums.

After the child agrees to wear the braces system, you just have to choose its type together with the orthodontist and be patient for the treatment, which will result in a healthy and beautiful smile for your child.

What can and cannot be eaten while wearing braces?

It is preferable to eat vegetables and fruits cut into slices, meat cut into small pieces or in the form of cutlets. 

Safe sweets during treatment with a bracket system: marmalade, candy, chocolate.

Dangerous: chewing gum, toffee, nougat candy (can stick to teeth and braces, complicate oral hygiene). It is better to refrain from eating chips, crackers, or nuts.

Sugary carbonated drinks should be avoided! They have a detrimental effect on enamel, dissolving the protective shell of the tooth from the proteins of saliva and increasing the risk of caries (not only for those who wear braces!).

Conclusion

Congratulations, your child has a brace system installed! A big step has been taken towards a correct bite and a beautiful smile. Try to make this period easier for your child, take care of hygiene and what he eats, and very soon he will be happy about his new beautiful smile.

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