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Orthodontics Can Help with Your Health, not just your looks

Madison Wi Orthodontists want you to know. Orthodontic care can mean good dental health.

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Madison Wi Dentists and Orthodontists at First Choice Dental wants to remind patients, that, for some patients, orthodontic care is an important contributor to good dental health and overall mouth function as it helps to straighten teeth and align jaws. Orthodontic care isn't purely a cosmetic benefit. It can benefit your dental health. If by ages 8-12, your child has not yet been seen for a no-charge orthodontics consultation with a First Choice Dental orthodontist, now's the time.

According to First Choice Dental Group orthodontist Dr. Sarah Santos, "it's really never too early to evaluate your need for orthodontic care." She says, "The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see the orthodontist for the first time no later than age seven. By this age, we can detect subtle problems with jaw growth or emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present." She explains, "Your orthodontist may find that your child's bite and development is fine, or simply recommend monitoring a developing problem. In some cases, certain problems may benefit from early intervention or a first phase of treatment before going to full braces. We can often work in conjunction with a child's growth and development to guide jaws and teeth into proper position as the patient grows as well."

For children and teens as well as for adults, the appliances used to straighten teeth have changed over the years, and are much more attractive than they used to be. Today's braces are less noticeable. Even traditional braces are smaller and sleeker than they used to be. Some patients have other options including tooth-colored braces, braces that go behind the teeth, or clear, removable aligners that nudge the teeth into position. Invisalign for Teens is becoming a popular option. These clear aligners can actually help with dental hygiene during orthodontic treatment, since they're removable. Your orthodontist will work with you to decide which option is best for you personally.

Santos notes that cost can be an important factor in deciding to pursue orthodontic care. It all starts with your initial consultation to explore treatment options for you. She says, "An initial consultation is free of charge. At this point, your orthodontist may recommend further examination to decide the best plan of care, or may suggest simply monitoring your child's mouth as it continues to grow and develop." She adds, "To help with cost concerns, First Choice Dental offers payment plans, or your dental insurer may provide some coverage. It's important to check with your insurance provider and your orthodontist's office."

Ultimately, taking care of your child's mouth, through straightening their teeth and aligning their jaws, will be an investment that has a long-term positive impact on your child's dental health and smile.