As your child grows and develops, there are many things you can do to ensure they grow into a healthy, confident adult. You teach your children to brush their teeth every day, encourage them to maintain a healthy, balanced diet, and apply themselves in the classroom. But there are plenty of things you simply cannot prevent, and instead need to opt for intervention.

One of those interventions, perhaps to your child’s dismay, is braces.

How Do You Know If Your Child Is Ready for Braces?

Let’s face it: your child probably isn’t going to be asking for braces. However, in most cases, the earlier your child gets their braces, the better outcomes they’ll have and the easier it will be for us to shift their teeth into a desirable position. But how do you know when your child is ready?

Naturally, if you believe your child might be a good candidate for braces, the best first step is to visit cosmetic dentists Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins of Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane. We’ll be able to discuss a plan to straighten your child’s teeth. But here are just a few things that might indicate your child needs braces:

If your child has all of their permanent teeth… but not always.

Typically, we wait until your child has lost all of their baby teeth and for all of their permanent teeth to form before jumping in to braces. However, if your child’s teeth are growing in at dramatic angles, or if their misaligned teeth are causing deeper issues like bruxism, it may be a sign that we need to start earlier.

If their misaligned teeth are causing a bad bite.

Misaligned teeth often accompany a bad bite, which can lead to a host of other health problems, including disordered breathing and temporomandibular joint disorders. Early intervention can help prevent these problems in some cases.

If their misaligned teeth are sticking out or at an increased risk of damage.

Misaligned teeth can push some teeth at an awkward angle, and protruding teeth are at a greater risk of damage. They also aren’t fully supported by the jaw and surrounding teeth, meaning the jaw isn’t receiving proper stimulation.

If their teeth prevent them from eating or talking normally.

Luckily, it’s typically easy to tell if your child is struggling to eat or talk normally. They may develop a lisp, and eating may become uncomfortable. Talking, eating and biting should be a comfortable and fluid motion.

Is It Time for Braces?

Your child might not be thrilled to get braces, but if their bite or teeth are affecting the way they talk, eat or look, it’s better to fix the problem early rather than wait and risk more health issues down the line. Plus, adolescence can be a difficult time, and misaligned teeth can impact your child’s confidence.

If you suspect it’s time for your child to get braces, Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins have created a comfortable and safe environment for your child to start their orthodontic journey. To schedule an appointment for your child with Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane, Washington, today, please call (509) 532-1111 or send us an email.