Unfortunately, under half (48%) of children ages four and five went to the dentist within the last year. These poor habits continue to affect children in the years to come. In fact, 60 to 90% of children and teens from all over the world have dental decay and cavities. A good portion of these children also have overbites, underbites, and misaligned teeth, which can result in periodontal disease and even heart problems as adults, if they go untreated. With a little encouragement and the right braces and retainers, however, children may even be excited to address these dental problems.
Choose Color Braces
Even the most affordable dentists offer traditional metal braces in a variety of different colors. Allowing children to pick out the color scheme of their braces — whether it’s lime green and purple or one-of-a-kind, glow-in-the-dark braces — adds an element of fun to the process. Giving kids something to look forward to is important, because getting braces can be something of an adjustment, looks-wise and functionality-wise (say goodbye to gum, chewy candies, and corn on the cob). Parents and children can customize the color of the metal brackets on each tooth and the elastic bands that connect them.
Tie-Dye Retainers, Queen Elsa Retainers, And SpongeBob Retainers
Local dentists do not offer color braces and color elastic bands only. Once children or teens are ready to move on to the next step — retaining their newly straightened teeth — their parents have the option of purchasing custom retainers. Custom retainers come in all kinds of different varieties; parents and children can choose from multi-color designs, tie-dye designs, or even different characters and shapes, like SpongeBob, smiley faces, or pandas.
Finding a dentist for your child — and getting the necessary work done — is critical for their long-term health and for avoiding cosmetic dentistry costs down the line. Schedule an appointment with affordable dentists, look into necessary orthodontia, and make sure children brush with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily.