How To Take A Proactive Approach To Your Kid's Braces

Posted on: 5 February 2018

If you have detected that your kid will need braces in the near future, you should start preparing for that day as soon as possible. Here are some of the steps you should take for this preparation:

Research and Compare the Options

The first thing is to research and understand all the types of braces your kid can get; this is the best way to ensure you will make an informed decision. Here are some of the common types of braces and the major things you should know about them:

Metal Braces

These are the most effective braces for correcting serious dental misalignment, but many people consider them unsightly.

Ceramic Braces

These may not work as effectively as metal braces, but many people like them because they are not very visible.

Invisalign Braces

Invisalign braces are invisible to other people, but they may only be suitable for those who need minimal correction.

Lingual Braces

These are fixed on the inside of the teeth unlike other conventional braces that are fixed on the outside of the teeth; they are not invisible to others but may cause more oral irritation.

Find a Good Orthodontist

The next step is to find a good orthodontist who can perform the procedure for your child. Note that not all dentists can perform the procedure because not all dentists are orthodontists; orthodontists have more training than dentists. This means your child's current dentist may not be able to fix the braces on your child, but they may give you a recommendation (that you aren't obligated to work with, by the way). You can also get recommendations from other trusted friends and loved ones and then consult the mentions (the initial consultations are usually free) before picking your candidate.

Plan for the Payment

While doing all these, you should also be researching how to pay for the orthodontic treatment. This is necessary if your dental health insurance coverage won't be paying for the braces, which is usually the case because braces are considered cosmetic treatments. In some cases, dental insurance may pick up a portion of the tab, leaving you to settle the rest of the bill. The cost of braces can range from $3,000 to $10,000 depending on numerous issues such as your location, the extent of the adjustment needed, and the type of braces chosen. This is not a small amount of money, at least to many people, so it's good if you prepare for it early enough.

Talk to a family dentistry professional for more information.


About Marcel and the Dentist

Hi, my name is Marcel. Welcome to my site! I started it to help others learn about children's dentistry. Most of us don't remember dentist trips from our early childhood. Maybe we didn't even really care about our teeth until we started losing baby teeth. In my case, I became interested in children's dentistry as a young father. When my kids were young, I was a student, and our insurance did not cover visits to the dentist. Although my wife and I tried to teach our kids good hygiene on our own, it was difficult. When we we finally able to take them to the dentist, my little girls were scared and didn't know what was going on. Luckily, they appreciate the dentist now that they are older, but their first experiences helped teach me more about the importance of children's dentistry. Hopefully you can learn from my experiences!