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The word ‘braces’ can place fear in the hearts and wallets of most parents. After all, few would want to subject their children to metal gear, nor are there many who have the extra cash just lying around. However, braces don’t have to be such a bad thing. There are many very good reasons that they should be considered and getting your child to the dentist at an appropriate age can actually lessen the time he or she would have to wear them.
So, when should the first visit to the orthodontist take place? Well, because the primary issues that would call for the use of braces – such as a misaligned jaw, crowded teeth, improper bite, and protruding teeth – can be noted at a relatively early age, most orthodontists will recommend that children have their first visit at about seven years old. Braces may not be used immediately, but the good news is that children’s teeth and jaw line can be corrected more easily and more quickly because their bones are still growing. So, while it may seem wise to hold off until the child gets older and more responsible, it could result in more years spent with the corrective devices.
Footing the bill is a primary concern for many parents and with good reason. Most people opting for traditional braces can expect to pay between fifteen hundred and six thousand dollars.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”894″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” css_animation=”top-to-bottom”][vc_column_text css_animation=”left-to-right”]The newer, less visible alternatives often cost much more. However, many insurance companies do offer coverage on orthodontic treatments. So, check with your insurance provider to see if there is help available to you. Finally, as briefly mentioned above, if your concern revolves around the social stigma attached to the metal devices, there are other options. Though some of the available alternatives are not recommended for young children – such as Invisalign – there are other methods that may be acceptable. Your orthodontist will be able to provide more information on this topic. It might also help to know that the younger a child is when receiving braces, the less likely he or she is to feel awkward about showing them in front of friends. This is another good reason to start considering that trip to the orthodontist today.Do you have questions, comments, or anything to add on this topic? We always welcome comments! You can learn more about other dental issues at our at www.guerradental.com[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]