Having a dentist recommend braces for your child's mouth is hardly an uncommon occurrence. It's generally for good reason as well, as braces can sometimes be the only way to make sure that any dental problems your child might be developing can be corrected by the time they're an adult. Still, you might find yourself reluctant to spend money on braces for your child, reasoning that you know plenty of people that turned out okay without them. Still, the results are undeniable and getting braces can...

Reduces The Rate Of Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is no joke, as it can lead to a myriad of problems in the future. Just because you're child's teeth are young doesn't make them any more immune to tooth decay. In fact, tooth decay is the number one most common chronic health problem that children experience according to the National Children's Oral Health Foundation. So how do braces help this? Braces help straighten teeth, eliminating tough-to-reach gaps where food can get stuck, which means your child will be a less risk for tooth decay. 

Make Your Child's Teeth Less Prone To Injury

Children move around a lot, and as such, sometimes they have accidents. With misaligned or protruding teeth, these otherwise harmless accidents can spiral into dental emergencies. Without the buffer of fitting correctly in your child's mouth, their teeth are much more prone to chipping or fracturing, which can be incredibly painful for your child and cost a bundle to fix. Instead, realigning your child's teeth with braces gives them protection from these mishaps as well as provides them with a beautiful smile when they're an adult. 

Prevent Costly Dental Bills In The Future

If you don't help pay to get your child's teeth fixed now, they could very well be saddled with tons of bills as an adult. If misaligned or protruding teeth are left to their own devices, you child could very well develop debilitating problems with their jaw and gums. Getting teeth pulled or various implants put in to correct these problems can rack up costs very quickly, so preventing those problems from occurring now is best for your child. 

So think of braces less for simply making your child's smile look better and instead as a long term investment into their dental health that they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. While they might put up a fuss now, they'll thank you once they're older. For more information, contact a pediatric dentist.