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When Should My Child Get Braces?

Braces can correct a number of dental concerns your child might face now and in the future, so it's important to consult with your Littleton, CO, orthodontist. They can advise you on your child's specific needs and can devise a timetable for treatment. For more information reach out to Dr. Paul Rocke of Rocke Orthodontics.

The Importance of Braces

Some of the signs that your child may need braces are easy to recognize. If they have had a thumb-sucking habit that lingered after the age of two, for example, it's probable that they may develop a condition that requires braces to correct. The longer the habit endures the more likely this becomes.

If your child's teeth are visibly bunched or crooked then it's also likely they will need braces, not only for aesthetic reasons but because of the challenges uneven spacing can pose during cleaning. Which can, with time, lead to cavities and gum disease. Uneven spacing inhibits flossing and brushing from fully reaching certain areas.

Best Time for Treatment

Typically, the earliest a child can get braces is after they've lost most of their baby teeth and the majority of their permanent ones have come in. Nevertheless, your child can begin making visits to their orthodontist from a younger age. Your doctor has the training and experience to know not only whether your child can benefit from braces, but also when they should start the treatment. Together, you and your orthodontist will determine what is best for your child's oral health. 

Braces in Littleton, CO

Not every child will require orthodontic intervention but everyone benefits from an early examination. The sooner that orthodontic problems are addressed the easier they often are to correct. So make your appointment today with Dr. Rocke of Rocke Orthodontics in Littleton, CO, by dialing (303) 730-7002.

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