About seven in ten people feel self-conscious about their teeth. Over 62% cover their mouths when they laugh. With orthodontic care, your children don’t have to grow up feeling self-conscious.

Instead, they can smile with self-confidence.

Sometimes, it’s difficult to schedule multiple appointments for everyone, though. With a family orthodontist, you don’t have to worry! You can experience ease and convenience while ensuring your family’s oral care.

What are the stunning benefits of visiting a family orthodontist? Keep reading to find out!

After reading this guide, you can schedule your next visit for the entire family. Read on to learn more. 

1. Familiarity

It’s normal for children to experience a little fear and anxiety before a visit to the orthodontist. In fact, anxiety often affects adults, too. 

If your child is wary about going to the orthodontist now, they might avoid it when they’re older.

Taking them to a family orthodontist can put them at ease.

Many young children mimic their older siblings and parents. Seeing everyone visit the orthodontist together can make them more comfortable. They’ll realize there’s nothing to fear.

Over time, they’ll grow more familiar with their orthodontist. 

Ensuring your child receives orthodontic care early on will help build a long-term, positive relationship. They can bond with their orthodontist and overcome their fears.

If your child doesn’t overcome their fear at a young age, they might neglect their oral hygiene. They could develop cavities, gingivitis, and other issues as a result. Instead, help them grow confident with an orthodontist they can trust. 

2. Start Building Healthy Habits

Visiting the same orthodontist can help your child develop oral health habits from an early age. Otherwise, they could develop cavities or gum disease.

About 42% of children between the ages of two and eleven have dental cavities in their primary teeth.

If your child doesn’t maintain their oral hygiene, the gaps between their teeth could also become more prominent. They might need metal braces or Invisalign in the future to close these gaps. 

Building healthy habits from a young age can help them avoid expensive treatment.

3. Promote Proper Growth

It’s important to visit a family orthodontist regularly. They can make sure your child’s teeth and jaw grow properly. The proper dental structure will ensure they can eat and speak properly. 

Otherwise, developmental issues could impact their smile. Their smile could impact your child’s confidence and self-esteem.

Visiting an orthodontist regularly will help you detect any potential issues. For example, does your child have an improper bite? Malocclusion could impact their ability to speak, eat, and breathe.

It can also cause physical abnormalities or add strain to the jaw and face muscles. Your child’s risk of gum disease and tooth decay might increase. They could develop temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, too.

Regular appointments can help you catch these issues early.

4. Prevent Potential Issues

Visiting a family orthodontist regularly can help you prevent potential issues from developing. For example, an orthodontist might notice bite issues or gaps between your child’s teeth.

It’s important to start your child on metal braces or Invisalign right away. Their jaws and teeth are more likely to respond to treatment when they’re younger. Otherwise, gaps between their teeth could lead to gingivitis or other issues. 

Watch out for these signs that it’s time to take your child in for an orthodontic evaluation:

  • A noticeable overbite or underbite (where the upper and lower teeth don’t fit together)
  • Excessive gaps between permanent teeth
  • Teeth that are too close together or overlapping
  • Issues biting or chewing
  • Biting the inside of their cheeks frequently
  • Thumb-sucking or use of a pacified beyond the age of four
  • Breathing through their mouths more often
  • Snoring
  • A popping sound when they talk, chew, or bite

Taking your child to their orthodontist can help them receive immediate treatment. You can avoid the risk of disease and preserve their speech capabilities. Otherwise, their mouth and dental structure could impact their ability to speak.

5. Regular, Consistent Care

Visiting the same orthodontist will ensure someone understands your family’s distinct needs. Your orthodontist will keep up with the treatments your family receives. They’ll also gain an understanding of your family history.

Understanding your family’s oral health history will help your orthodontist track any potential issues. For example, if a parent has a history of gum disease, it could increase the child’s risk. 

6. Save Time

Taking each family member to the orthodontist one by one can steal valuable time from your schedule. Instead, consider visiting a family orthodontist. You can schedule one appointment for the entire family.

You won’t have to visit multiple orthodontists. Instead, choose someone who can treat people of all ages. You’ll experience ease and convenience (and get a break in your schedule).

7. Flexible Hours

Many family orthodontists offer convenient, flexible hours with families in mind. 

It’s difficult to take time off of work and take your children out of school. Flexible office hours can ensure your entire family receives treatment based on your schedule. 

Otherwise, you might have to take multiple days off to ensure each child makes it to an appointment. 

8. Additional Services

Orthodontists don’t offer a single form of treatment. Instead, choose an orthodontist that can cover a range of different needs.

For example, we specialize in Invisalign treatments at Bennion Lambourne Orthodontics. Invisalign can ensure a stunning smile without metal wires and brackets. Invisalign is a discrete treatment option that can straighten teeth.

Invisalign can correct tooth alignment and bite problems. The clear aligners are custom-made and comfortable to wear. You can remove them to eat before brushing and flossing normally.

Invisalign is ideal for adults and children. 

You can schedule a consultation appointment to determine if Invisalign is ideal for your family. 

9. Develop a Lasting Relationship

By visiting the same orthodontist, you can develop a lasting relationship that will benefit your family for years to come. Once your children graduate, they can visit the same orthodontist as adults.

They’ll have an orthodontist they can trust all the way into adulthood.

Stunning, Straight Teeth: The Benefits of Visiting a Family Orthodontist

Don’t leave your family’s oral health at risk. Instead, consider these benefits of visiting a family orthodontist. Your entire family can receive the care they need from someone they trust. 

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