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When Does My Child Need To Be Seen By An Orthodontist?

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My friend's son is already in braces and he's only 10, why did he get them so early?

This is a very common question, as we now see younger children beginning orthodontic treatment. Let's take some time to explain why that's happening.

The Canadian Orthodontic Association's current guidelines recommend all children be seen by an orthodontist between the ages of seven and nine. Some children require and can benefit from early intervention treatments. One of the telltale signs that it's time to see an orthodontist is crowding of the emerging adult teeth or a misaligned bite. Parents will either notice themselves or their general dentist may recommend the child be seen by an orthodontist.

Another reason for a range in the age kids begin orthodontic care is that a child's chronological age may not match their dental age, which is measured by how many adult teeth have come in. 

Orthodontists can screen your child before all of their adult teeth have come in, because their specialized training allows them to predict growth patterns. This screening allows for a more proactive approach to treatment, and it's the reason orthodontic interventions are happening earlier than they used to.

In other words, early treatment may mean that a patient can avoid more complicated treatment later. If there are serious orthodontic issues occurring at a young age, the orthodontist can address them immediately and then continue to follow the child until all the adult teeth have come in. At that point, it can be determined if any further orthodontic care will be needed.

At Britton Orthodontics, all initial consultations are complimentary. Dr. Britton and his staff will take an initial set of photos and do a thorough exam before discussing a proposed treatment plan with the patient (and their guardians, if they are under the age of 18). If Dr. Britton determines that more growth time is needed, his practice will continue to follow the patient at no extra cost until such a time as treatment is recommended. 

If you'd like to book your complimentary consultation with Dr. Britton, click here for online booking. A referral from a general dentist is not required.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send us an email at info@brittonortho.ca or give the office a call at: 905.336.9916.

 

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How To Enjoy Halloween With Braces

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We know this is the one time of year when our patients want to pretend not to know about the rules for safe food choices and braces. We get it — we love candy, too!

But being wise about your candy choices at Halloween is not only good for your overall dental health, it also prevents the possibility of broken brackets and dislodged wires and saves you an extra trip to the orthodontist for a repair. 

Here are some foods that patients wearing braces and appliances should avoid:

Sticky Candy

  • caramels
  • gum
  • taffy
  • licorice

Hard Candy

  • lollipops
  • candies
  • candy apples
  • nuts
  • pretzels
  • popcorn

It's also important to be thinking about sugar content when wearing braces. Sugar increases the bacteria and acidity in your mouth, which can ultimately lead to decay as well as discolouration of your teeth around the brackets. Avoiding citrus drinks and soda pop is a good idea. 

But wearing braces doesn't mean not being able to enjoy some sweet treats this Halloween. Soft chocolates (without candy or nuts), rice krispie treats, baked goods, and ice cream are all good options. If you want to plan ahead, you can check out some of these suggestions so that you have some Halloween-themed treats on hand and ready to munch on. 

We understand that even with the best of intentions, orthodontic mishaps can still happen. If you need to be seen for any discomfort concerns, please call our office and we'll be happy to help. 

We wish all our patients and their families a safe and happy Halloween!

 

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