Why does my child need braces?
At PhD Dental, we may recommend braces for your child for several reasons. If your son or daughter has crooked teeth, overcrowded, or overlapping teeth, there’s no doubt that they may need braces.
But we also commonly recommend braces for kids at our Pico Rivera dental office who have problems with their dental bite (the way the upper and lower jaws meet when they bite down) that you may not see but still affect your child’s dental health.
Braces Correct Overbites, Underbites, and More
Malocclusion is the term our orthodontists use to describe a discrepancy in the size of your child's top and bottom jaw. If their upper jaw extends past their lower jaw is called an overbite; if the lower jaw extends past the upper, we call it an underbite. Crossbites and open bites are also common orthodontic problems we treat with braces in Pico Rivera, CA.
Jaw problems are often inherited, so if you or someone else in your family had braces, there’s a good chance your child probably will need them too. However, your child may also develop bite problems because of an accident, baby teeth lost too soon, or habits like thumb sucking.
While the average length of orthodontic treatment is about two years, how long your child will need to wear braces depends on their individual needs and the extent of the problem we need to fix. Any child or adult who gets braces will also need to wear a retainer after treatment to hold teeth in their newly straightened position.
We Offer Braces for Patients of All Ages
The only way to tell if your child could benefit from braces in Pico Rivera is to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced orthodontists. Dr. Levy, Dr. Yousefzadeh, and Dr. Jourabchi like to see children for an orthodontic evaluation around age seven, and we also offer braces for older children, teens, and adults of all ages.
PhD Dental is open six days a week, so scheduling appointments around your child's school activities is easy. Call us at (800) 204-3139 to get started.