Here at Maple Orthodontics, we treat your kids with the best care possible. We understand that getting braces can be scary, but we are here to help your young children and teens feel comfortable with the physical and mental aspects of braces.
Your young child or teen may require braces for any number of reasons. The average baby mouth has 20 teeth, while the average adult mouth has 32. As baby teeth fall out and an adult set grow in, teeth can get crowded, overlap, and become increasingly crooked. Both early and late loss of baby teeth can lead to dental problems requiring braces.
Malocclusion, or “bad bite,” is a condition in which the teeth or jaws do not align properly. Underbite, overbite, and crossbite are the three most common types.These often occur due to genetic conditions such as abnormally shaped or spaced teeth; but thumb or finger sucking, tongue thrusting, mouth breathing, and trauma to the jaw can also contribute.
If your child or teen’s dental problems are left untreated it can lead to jaw pain, difficulty chewing and swallowing, poor oral hygiene, and infection. Crooked and crowded teeth are difficult to floss and brush between, leaving your kids open to bad breath, tartar, plaque, cavities, gingivitis, and other serious health problems and infections. Misaligned jaws and teeth can lead to clenched teeth, teeth grinding, and TMJ disorder.