Archives for June 21, 2022

Does Your Kid Need Braces? We Discuss The Benefits

There are many reasons a child might need braces beyond the cosmetic appeal of perfectly straight teeth. Straight teeth can benefit your child in many ways, and while the cost of braces may put some parents off, the long-term benefits for your child should be considered carefully.

Improved confidence, easier communication skills, better dental health and cost-effective early treatments are all key advantages to getting your child braces. It is also helpful to consider you and your partner’s dental history to see whether getting braces for your child earlier could be beneficial.

Improving Dental Health

Straight teeth can have a range of benefits for your child’s dental health. They can ensure that biting down does not cause undue pressure on the teeth or jaw, preventing possible issues like jaw pain or cracked teeth. They are also easier to clean, ensuring that it is simple to reach all areas of the teeth with a toothbrush.

Benefiting From Cost-Effective Early Treatment

The earlier dental issues are dealt with, the simpler it is. This means that early intervention with crooked teeth will be much more cost-effective, saving you or your child significant money over waiting until adulthood. Since children are still growing, the molding of their teeth will be quicker and easier to accomplish.

Using Discreet Braces

Gone are the days when your only option for braces was a full set of cumbersome heavy metal. Braces nowadays, both metal and clear aligners, are much more discreet and easier for kids to manage. Your dentist will be able to advise on the option that’s best for your child, but you can read more about the difference between clear and metal braces from this excellent article by ALIGNERCO.

Increased Communication Skills

Crooked teeth can lead to difficulties in speech and language if they are serious enough. This is one of the reasons why getting braces would be highly recommended by all dental professionals. If your child’s dental issues make it difficult or painful for them to communicate easily, then braces may be the only suitable and sensible option.

Boosting Confidence

Having a winning smile is a critical part of having confidence in our looks and bodies. Kids nowadays face a lot of difficulties with body image thanks to social media, so ensuring that they have a picture-perfect smile can be a great way to set them up to feel happy and confident as they grow to adulthood. First impressions are so critical when meeting new people, and a perfect smile can make all the difference.

Overcoming Bite Issues

Crooked teeth can also lead to issues eating and biting down properly, for instance, if the front top and bottom teeth cannot meet properly. Things like an underbite or overbite can be resolved through the use of braces, and this can help prevent more serious issues down the line. For instance, enamel can be weakened over time if the teeth rub against one another rather than resting together. Over time this can cause chipping in the teeth where they have been weakened.

Niko, June 23rd Pet of the Week

Niko is a little bit of this, a little bit of that—a touch of Rottweiler maybe, a scoop of shepherd, a couple of pinches of Australian kelpie—and a whole lot of personality! His name means “victory of the people,” but Niko needs and deserves some canine victory. He’s a longtime resident of our shelter, and the shelter is way over capacity. Volunteers and staff are actively seeking foster, adoption or rescue placement, and it shouldn’t be difficult if you can provide structure and exercise and can patiently wait for that bond to develoo. Niko’s only 4 years old, has medium energy, is very smart, and is treat motivated. He’s easy to walk on leash and knows several commands—he has the greatest high-five ever! Come meet Niko—shelter hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7700 E. Spring St. at the entrance to El Dorado Park (no parking fee for shelter visitors). You can email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to speed the process for adopting Niko. Ask for ID#A605387.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)