Boost Your Child’s Confidence with Orthodontic Braces
By Dr. Robert Sunstein, La Jolla & Carmel Valley Orthodontist
Whether a child wants to feel self-assured now or later into adulthood, orthodontic braces can boost confidence and even help them feel more popular according to the latest research.
In an article published at the Daily Mail, studies show that youngsters who are fitted with braces as young as 8 years old were shown to have increased self-esteem and an overall happier disposition. Children were also less anxious, teased less and received fewer negative comments about their teeth compared to kids who did not have orthodontic treatment.
As most people know, orthodontic braces aim to improve the alignment of the teeth. It can correct crooked teeth, a misaligned bite and improve the arch of the mouth, all leading to a beautiful, straight smile well into adulthood.
The lasting confidence boosting effects of braces are not just skin deep. The research also found that once kids had their braces removed, they felt better about themselves overall.
While much of the orthodontics placed today are in teenagers or pre-teens, studies show that braces can and should be effectively placed at younger ages to ensure a faster treatment time and better results.
“We’re extremely pleased by the results of this trial. We’ve successfully realigned children’s teeth, but most dramatically it has changed children’s perception of themselves,” said the lead researcher of the study on behalf of Manchester University. “The trial also showed that it is possible to include children of this age in discussions about choice of treatments and the benefits they perceived.”
YOUR CHILD’S BRACES
If you’re like many parents, you may already be considering braces for your child.
In another recent column, I discussed the benefits of early treatment. Children at the age of 7 should, at the very least, receive orthodontic screening. A treatment schedule for orthodontic treatment can be determined at that time, if needed. Some children may need orthodontics during teen years thereafter, but treatment times tend to be much shorter.
For more information on getting your child screened for orthodontics or to schedule an initial appointment for your teenager who you suspect may need braces, call our office in Carmel Valley at 858-755-1551, in La Jolla at 858-459-3353, or log onto http://www.sandiegoorthodontist.com/
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