Do I need braces? This is a common question at the dentist office. Orthodontics (braces) help correct irregularities of the teeth, called malocclusion.
Seeing a pediatric dentist at a young age helps to monitor jaw and teeth development. In some cases, early orthodontic intervention is needed; although most problems have to wait for adolescence when all primary teeth are lost.
Malocclusion can affect our speech, ability to chew food, and put unnecessary stress on the gums and bone supporting teeth, which could lead to periodontal disease or irregular tooth-wear later in life.
With regular visits to your dentist, they will monitor when you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment.