If you grew up with crooked teeth you know how much of an effect it had on you. Your entire life is shaped by the look of your smile and if you grew up being teased or just not liking your teeth it has a huge influence on who you become as an adult!
At Panama City Smiles we want every person to have the chance to have a smile they love so if you’re worried about your child’s developing teeth now is the time to take action! We recommend your child have their first orthodontic examination by the age of 7 so we can identify potential problems and work toward getting them the perfect smile.
There are a lot of reasons to get your child into braces when they’re young – here’s five of them that may help you make the decision more easily!
#1: Braces Now Means They’re Done Sooner
We generally recommend that your child starts orthodontic treatment between the ages of 10 and 14. At this point they will likely have all their adult teeth but will still be growing, making straightening their smile much easier and faster.
It also makes the chances greater that they’ll be off sooner. If you could choose to go back in time and have braces as a 12 year old or a 30 year old which would you chose?
#2: Braces Technology Has Improved
If you had braces when you were younger you probably hated the experience. Braces technology even a decade ago wasn’t as advanced as it is now! Braces are smaller and we now use heat-activated wire that provides better force distribution and more efficient tooth movement.
Modern braces hurt less and computer modeling allows us to plan treatment so efficiently that it can take less time than ever before!
#3: Straight Teeth Open Up The World
It might seem silly to say so but a straight smile opens up the world. People with a straight set of teeth are more likely to be seen as trustworthy, find it easier to get a job, and are more socially mobile than people with crooked teeth. It’s unfair to place so much on something that can’t often be physically helped but it’s the truth!
By getting your child into braces now you’re opening up a better future for them. They’ll have them off before crucial adult relationships and job hunting become the focus of life, so they’ll have more chance to become the self confident and high achieving person you know they can be!
#4: They Won’t Have To Do It In The Future
Have you received orthodontic treatment as an adult? If so you know how awkward and embarrassed it can make you feel – maybe even more than a crooked smile! Having braces as an adult can be a huge social barrier, leaving you feeling like an outsider and wondering if you made the right decision – who wants to be in that position for two or more years?
By getting your child braces now you’re preventing them from having to make that choice later in life. You can help them grow into adulthood with a great smile – just another gift you can give as a parent!
#5: They Won’t Regret It
Braces might not seem like a great idea to your child now – in fact they might be really upset at the idea of having to wear them! But once they come off their whole world will change. The straight smile that emerges from behind braces will make your child feel better about themselves and they’ll be genuinely thankful that they had braces.
This is something you can give them so don’t look back in later years wishing you had! Your child can live better, happier, and more successfully with braces from our Panama City dentist office. If you’re ready to make the investment in your child’s future call us today!