When are braces recommended?

Why should you consider having braces?

When should your young child be seen by the orthodontist?

How early is too early to fix skeletal issues?

What are the reasons for a 7- year old even needing treatment?

Don’t we need to wait until all of the permanent teeth are in?


I am glad you asked yourself these intriguing questions. I can feel how important it is to you, the development of your child and I congratulate you for your curious heart.

Most parents are confused as to when is the ideal time to have their children’s ‘funny looking’ teeth examined. At the stage where kids start having different rows of teeth, parents start to question if they will ever get those pearly whites back into alignment.

Then the seed of potential braces in the future gets planted. The doubt sets further in, especially when crowding is obvious or when those huge gaps in between their teeth are a constant food trap.

Are you tired of chasing them down the hall with the toothbrush at hand as they run for their lives every single night before bedtime. See the picture? Feel the intensity of that sticky moment?

Most people would automatically say that braces are needed just for esthetic purposes in order to look amazing to society and enjoy a white smile that will seduce any dreamed outcome that is desired to be reached. Most just believe is for closing gaps or correcting crowded teeth.

Others simply feel that a beautiful smile opens any door and is therefore more attracting to flaunt a sexy straight curve than a cluttered smile.

But what if a lack of straight teeth could affect far beyond than just the sexy way it makes you look and feel?

What if I told you that the health benefits are as important as the oxygen you breath or directly correlated to the lack of proper breathing your daughter is experiencing at night and therefore the tiredness and hyperactivity her teachers complain for at school?

Lack of focus during school time has been proven to have a lot to do with the level of oxygenation the kid received during the previous night sleep. A lot of children are mouth breathers for many different reasons such as skeletal malposition, large tonsils, narrow adenoids, tongue habits, thumb sucking, etc. This leads to decreased levels of oxygen in the brain since the nose is the most functional airway path to use.


hyperactive misbehavior, lack of concentration, not following orders. Seeing any similarities to why ADHD diagnosis gets so used nowadays? Does it ring a bell?

A boy that did not receive the proper concentration of oxygen during his 8 hours of sleep is acting out as much as the child that cannot sit still and is easily irritable.

What if the way the teeth come together when we bite, aka occlusion, would affect the way the jaw stays opened or closed during dream time?

What if grinding and snoring could be corrected with early intervention with functional appliances and braces treatment?

What if the growing skeleton could trap the tongue into positions that would diminish the proper oxygen intake while our little angels rest?

Snoring and grinding sounds are evidence of an obstruction that needs to be diagnosed effectively and urgently in order to improve the quality of the life of our young fellows.

Having an orthodontist that can trusted in properly diagnosing your kids’ condition and skeletal development is priceless. If any of these questions trigger your curiosity, don’t hesitate and make a FREE appointment for consultation with dente’s orthodontists. They are the most loving team that truly care to heal smiles.

Dente I have created this interactive space especially for you, the dente patient. One of the most gratifying things in life as a dentist, is to effortlessly educate while answering doubts and eliminating most typical myths about dentistry. I have a passion for the building blocks of dentistry and it comes as second nature to want to give detailed explanations to my patients as we discuss the treatment plan options. I’m a firm believer that if the patient understands the intricate science behind their oral status, a confident decision is an organic result. I am a practical dentist that is actively looking for the best option to treat your needs. Technology is rapidly changing and there are many options one has to have into account in order to provide for the best long term esthetics and function. Our simple philosophy is to serve you while getting you to that comfortable place where you genuinely smile from within.

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