Q: When’s the right age to bring my child for an orthodontic consultation?
A: The guideline set out by the Canadian Association of Orthodontists states that kids should see an orthodontist for a consolation by the time they turn 7. By this point, a child’s jaw and teeth will have formed enough so that any developing issues are obvious, and an orthodontist will be able to identify what treatment, if any, will be beneficial. For most patients, treatment won’t start until well after age 7 and you don’t need a referral to have your child assessed by one of Docbraces’ orthodontists.

Q: Are there any indications I might notice in my child’s development that can indicate a possible orthodontic issue?
A: There are several clues that your child may be suffering from developmental issues with their teeth or jaws, such as:

  • Development of poor habits like finger or thumb sucking.
  • Tongue thrusting.
  • Mouth breathing or breathing with greater difficulty than should be expected.
  • Delayed or impeded speech.
  • Crowding of teeth on the upper or lower jaw.
  • Crooked eruption of adult teeth.
  • Premature loss of baby teeth.
  • Headaches.
  • An obvious over-bite or under-bite.

Q: Why should anyone have braces?
A: Wearing braces can have a number of benefits, and many of them aren’t obvious. For children and teens, having braces can have a huge impact on their confidence and self-esteem as well as prevent a variety of larger scale health issues further on in their lives. Wearing braces early can reduce (or even prevent entirely) the need for extractions or jaw surgery later in life. Orthodontic treatment can also help decrease damage sustained to teeth from poor alignment, as well as prevent instances of tooth decay, gum disease and heart disease. Early treatment can also positively affect the stability of the treatment.

Q: Does Docbraces offer payment plans?
A: Yes! Docbraces is proud to be able to offer interest-free, flexible payment options for our patients, and their parents! We want to ensure that anyone who needs treatment is able to access it, so our Smile Team™ will work with you to create a plan that requires no credit checks, ensuring that you can get the orthodontic help you need without stress. We also offer discounts if more than one family member needs treatment or if you pay for your treatment up front. We also offer a helpful Online Payment Calculator. When you sign up, you’ll be able to calculate a range of costs associated with your treatment.

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