There comes a time in every child’s life when they will hit a growth spurt. For some children, there may be multiple periods of accelerated growth. It is relatively common to see braces on children around the time these growth spurts occur. While the two may not seem related, you may be surprised to find out they could be linked.
Misaligned teeth are a common dental ailment among children and teens. The team at Triad Dentistry provides early evaluations of Greensboro area children’s bites and jaw development. Dr. Sona Isharani, a board-certified dentist, understands the importance of paying particularly close attention to misalignment from an early age. Identifying this condition before a child’s permanent teeth begin to come in allows Dr. Isharani to act in a preventative manner and aid the expansion of the jaw while primary teeth are still in place. That will help the process of placing braces a smoother one while cutting down the required treatment time.
Just as every smile is unique, so is the problem of misalignment. The issues each person’s faces are individual, and there are several treatment options currently available. A prevalent treatment option is the aligner method. Though there are cases in which aligners can achieve the desired outcome, it is essential to remember that orthodontic care aims to place teeth in their best position in the jaw. In some situations, this will be best accomplished with traditional braces.
The timing of when braces need to be placed depends on the development of the child’s jaw. For children, the optimal time for this is between 11 to 13. During this same time, the human body is gearing up for a growth spurt, during which ligaments and joints become looser than they usually are. That makes their hold on the bones weaker, which is great for the movement of teeth. That is why braces are put on at this time, as shifting the teeth becomes easier.
Our dental team at Triad Dentistry is happy to help your family enjoy their happiest, healthiest smiles. Call (336) 383-1482 to schedule your visit.