Benefits of Metal Braces
The sooner orthodontic conditions are corrected, the better. Dental issues are often easier to fix when the patient is at a younger age. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children receive an orthodontic screening by age seven to determine if any problems need to be treated now, or in the future.
Benefits to Early Orthodontic Intervention
- Creates room for crowded teeth
- Promotes facial symmetry
- Preserves space for unerupted teeth to come in properly
- Reduces the need for tooth removal or serious dental work in the future
- Increases your child’s self-esteem and confidence
San Antonio Orthodontist
Dr. Lori Fulk is our board-certified orthodontist at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry. She takes pride in helping children of the San Antonio community getting straight, healthy smiles through the use of a variety of orthodontic methods, particularly metal braces. Dr. Fulk stays on top of the latest advancements in orthodontic treatments and offers both traditional metal braces and Invisalign®. After an initial consultation, she will design the best treatment plan for your child’s unique dental needs.
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Affordable Braces in San Antonio, TX
Concerns about the cost of braces shouldn’t deter you from bringing your child in for a consultation or treatment. At Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry, we’re insurance friendly, and we have additional flexible financing options. We offer in-house financing that lets you break up
your out-of-pocket costs, and we accept third-party financing through CareCredit®.
How do straight teeth impact your oral health?
Believe it or not, a straight smile is more than just beautiful, it’s healthy, too. Crooked teeth make it more difficult to properly clean. Bad bacteria and food debris have more places to hide when teeth aren’t aligned which can lead to cavities, gum disease, and infection. Misaligned teeth can also negatively impact your bite and potential cause temporomandibular disorder or teeth grinding.
Do braces hurt?
Since braces move and shift teeth, it’s likely that the braces will cause some discomfort from time to time. The longer your child is in braces, the more comfortable they will get. After adjustments, your little one’s teeth may be sore and sensitive. However, the discomfort is temporary and can be regulated by taking over-the-counter pain medication and consuming soft foods on the day of the adjustment.
How to care for teeth with braces?
When you are dealing with braces for your kiddo, it’s important to make sure that they are properly cleaning their teeth, since braces can make children more susceptible to cavities. We understand that it can be difficult properly brushing every area of your teeth while working around brackets and wires. Try getting your child an interdental brush to get in the hard to reach areas and between the brackets. Another tip is to have your child rinse their mouth with water to dislodge trapped food particles. Make sure that they get biannual dental cleanings, so we can assist in ensuring they maintain great oral health throughout the straightening process.
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