About 45 percent of children will need braces according to orthodontists. This percentage is based on functional problems. Up to 75 percent could benefit from braces to straighten their teeth or to improve the shape of their face.
The two most common problems are crowded teeth and jaw misalignment (overbite and underbite). Most of the time we think about fixing these problems with braces to improve appearance. But there are other very important reasons as well:
- – Bite and chew more effectively
- – Better speech
- – Much easier to clean teeth
- – Less pressure on gums equals a healthier mouth
Braces cost between $4,000 and $8,000. Some insurance companies provide partial coverage and others don’t provide it at all. So when looking to the future and asking yourself whether your kids will likely need braces, you’ll want to consider the statistics and budget accordingly.
When the time comes, if your kids end up having severely crooked teeth the answer is an easy one – yes they definitely need them. Otherwise you’ll weigh the benefits and cost and consult with your dentist or orthodontist in order to make the best decision.