Orthodontics (braces and retainers for teeth and jaw realignment) is not just a way to straighten teeth.

Why would I consider orthodontic treatment for my child?

Orthodontics can not only improve the look of the teeth, but early intervention can help determine if a child has enough space available for developing teeth. Orthodontists can also help identify and address any potential problems associated with chewing or the position of the jaw and bite. As the bones of the face and jaw grow and develop, sometimes there is not enough space for all of the adult teeth to emerge in proper position.

However, orthodontic treatment is not just limited to children and teenagers. These days, adults make up a majority of patients in orthodontic practices.

When should my child start orthodontic treatment?

Your dentist can help determine when your child should see an orthodontic professional. Treatment options can start as early as ages six to 10. 

What are some signs that orthodontic treatment may be needed?

Problems that may indicate orthodontic intervention may be needed include:

  • Discomfort when chewing, biting or speaking
  • Difficulty cleaning teeth due to crowding or misplaced teeth
  • Problems or pain in the jaw area
  • Dissatisfaction with the look or aesthetics of the teeth, face and mouth

What is the cost of orthodontic treatment?

The cost of treatment depends on which treatment is needed and how long the treatment will take. Your dental professional can help you with estimates for treatment and help you determine if any treatment is covered through private dental insurance. You can also check with your insurance company directly. Orthodontics are a long-term investment in the health and well-being of your child.

There are options for families that may otherwise not be able to afford treatment. However, there are certain criteria which must be met. Learn more about the affordable dentistry options available in B.C. as well as national programs which assist with orthodontic treatment for children.

Learn more about the application process for the Smiles 4 Canada program.

What is involved in orthodontic treatment?

Your child’s treatment could include any of the following:

  • Metal brackets, bands and wires (braces)
  • Clear aligners/trays
  • Headgear
  • Removable appliances and space maintainers
  • Retainers

If your child has braces or orthodontic accessories, you may have to help them manage their life with braces and oral hygiene until they get used to them.



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