Child Braces

How do I know if my child needs braces?

By | For Kids, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry

While there are some indicators of whether braces will be necessary for a child, there are no definite signs. Early or late loss of baby teeth, biting of the cheek, or an irregular bite may all be signs that braces are in order. However, all children develop at a different rate and have their own unique teeth. Much like fingerprints, no two mouths and sets of teeth are the same.

As with most health and dental matters, early intervention is best. It is good to have your child’s teeth looked at as early as 1 year old. What is often described as a “chair ride” is also an opportunity for a dentist to catch any early issues which may result in orthodontic care. Many issues can be addressed through early minor treatments rather than braces.

The need for braces is typically identified between the ages of eight and fourteen and can result from genetic traits, injury or even from thumb sucking as teeth were developing.

Regular dental visits will help determine if your child’s teeth are growing in as they should or if treatment of some type is necessary. Visiting the dentist every six months is especially important if you suspect that your child may need orthodontic work.

Importance of Orthodontics

The Importance of Orthodontics

By | Featured, Orthodontics

Before you dismiss your dentist’s recommendation to see an orthodontist, take a moment to consider the benefits. Today’s orthodontic services are widely used for children, teens, and adults alike, and can have important health benefits beyond a confident smile.

Here are just a few reasons why orthodontics are important.

It’s for everyone.

Braces used to be a right of passage for the American teenager. But today, there’s no age limit when it comes to orthodontics. Contrary to what many adults think, it’s not just for kids. And with the introduction of invisible aligners, more and more adults are choosing to invest in a more confident, healthy smile. Orthodontic treatment is important for kids as they grow, but it has oral health benefits that are equally important for many adults too. The bottom line: it’s never too late.

It impacts oral health.

Misaligned teeth can have a long-term impact on oral health. Crowded teeth are difficult to clean and can lead to tooth decay and even jaw problems. Since you’ll need your adult teeth for the rest of your life, it’s important to take good care of them. That includes correcting issues that can improve your smile for years to come. An orthodontist can help you maintain strong and healthy teeth.

It builds confidence.

Many people are self-conscious about crooked teeth and bite alignment. Over time those feelings can erode their confidence and cause them to withdraw from some of life’s opportunities. Orthodontics is able to solve dental issues and provide a bright and healthy smile that can boost confidence and improve your self esteem.

Imagine the smile you’ve always wanted. Orthodontics can improve oral health and give you the confidence of a beautiful smile. 

And those benefits will last a lifetime.


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By | Featured, Fun Stuff, Grand Haven Blog Article, Grand Rapids Blog Article, North Muskegon Blog Article, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry

We’re all about smiles, especially selfie smiles! So the Smile team is launching our very own Instagram page to share some of those smiles with you. Whether it’s big smiles (Adult & Teen Dentistry), little smiles (Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry), or…well…shiny smiles (Smile Orthodontics), we’ll be sharing them all.

Join Smile Dental Partners on Instagram and show us your favorite smiles! Tag us so we can find you. #smiledentalpartners