Angela is a naturally shy, 7-year-old girl who would keep to herself during recess. She would cover her mouth with her hand when she smiles. Her classmates make fun of her and call her she-fangs or Dracula because her teeth protruded. One day she came home crying uncontrollably, and she refused to talk to her mom or dad about what happened. Worried, her mom searched her bags and books for clues, and she found Angela’s drawing, carefully folded in two, at the bottom she has written “I wish my teeth were OK too.”
Angela is an example of a child whose self-esteem was undermined by an unfortunate teeth imperfection. Many children are born with teeth that are less than perfectly positioned and shaped. What parents should know is that early orthodontic diagnosis and treatment can help.
Orthodontic works are not only meant to align teeth. Orthodontics enables the teeth to function properly and effectively. Teeth that are overcrowded are difficult to clean. Consequently, this can lead to tooth decay.
It’s never too soon to start taking care of your children’s oral health. Bring your babies and children in to see us, at age one or as soon as their first tooth erupts. We will help your kids understand the importance of oral hygiene. Our team will make sure they continue to keep their smiles healthy and beautiful – something they can be proud of.
If you have any questions about dental appointments, sedation options or orthodontic treatments for your children, we invite you to give us a call or visit us at Dr. Michael’s Children’s Dental Center.