What If You Need Braces?
For most, a smile is the first thing others notice about you. That is why it is so important to have a smile that promotes confidence. Having a confident smile makes you want to share it with everyone you meet. Getting that smile might require seeing an orthodontic specialist.
As a parent, how do you decide when to go see an orthodontist? If your child has an overbite or underbite, teeth are starting to crowd, or has significant spacing between them, then it might be time to schedule a consultation with an orthodontic specialist. Dr. Steve Kristo of Kristo Orthodontics suggests children see an Orthodontic Specialist to create an orthodontic plan as early as age seven or eight, once most of the adult teeth are in. “It is important get the correct information on orthodontic care early, so that that family can create a plan,” explains Kristo. “That plan might be do nothing at all. Honestly, that is one of my favorite things to say – your child doesn’t need braces!
If you feel your child might need orthodontic treatment, call for an initial consulation. At the initial consultation, your child’s health history will be reviewed and an X-ray taken. You will meet with one of the doctors, who will perform a brief but thorough exam and review the X-ray. They will also be able to help answer any questions you might have.
If your child needs braces after the initial exam, the Orthodontic Specialist will work with you to create a customized financial plan that will work for your budget.
“At Kristo Orthodontics our goal is that everyone has the smile they want, no matter what their age,” says Kristo.