Dr. Renee knows that looking good is all part and parcel of building healthy self esteem and feeling good about yourself. Summer is certainly a time for kids to relax and kick back, but many parents take full advantage of the summertime to schedule kids’ doctor appointments, dental appointments, and physicals. By helping our kids make healthy choices, treating them with respect, and guiding them to be their best selves, parents are giving kids lifelong, sustainable skills which will both enhance their lives and increase self-esteem. Dr. Faust is a good friend of Dr. Renee’s and has some excellent information about healthy kids and why considering braces in the summertime is a good option for families.
Summer’s here! Without a doubt, plans are being made for kids once school ends. Perhaps you are deciding between sleep-away camp, travel abroad, or a visit to relatives for your child. One thing you may not have considered is that now is the perfect time to consider orthodontic braces for your little one.
Every summer, at the end of the school year, my staff and I launch an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of early orthodontic treatment. Consider the following:
- The American Association of Orthodontists (www.braces.org) recommends that children have their first visit with the orthodontist at the age of 7 to screen for any potential problems with their teeth or bite.
- It is much easier to correct teeth problems in growing children. Treatment is shorter and extraction of adult teeth can usually be avoided.
- 50% of our patients are adults- most of whom have severe bite problems that should have been corrected in childhood or adolescence.
I believe the best ages for orthodontic treatment are between the ages of 7 and 14 years, depending on the child’s maturity level and capacity for cooperation. Completing treatment prior to high school eliminates the social anxiety of wearing braces during the extremely self-conscious high school years. It also ensures a perfect smile well in advance of senior pictures, prom, and graduation, which are of utmost importance to children and parents.
In my daily encounters, it is surprising to see how many parents are unaware of the importance of wearing braces when they are necessary. Straight teeth and a proper bite prevent jaw problems, gum disease, and uneven wear or grinding of the teeth. A beautiful smile, increased confidence, and self-esteem are the icing on the cake! Decades later, your child will thank you for it.
Dr. Faust is the owner of Elite Orthodontics in midtown Manhattan and has practiced orthodontics for over 10 years. For more information visit www.eliteorthonyc.com or call 212-262-2948.