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Signs Your Child May Need Orthodontic Treatment & Benefits Of Braces

If you notice a problem with your child’s teeth or if your dentist recommends you take them to an orthodontic provider, it is in your child’s best interest to make an appointment. If no orthodontic action is taken, treatment options become limited, more difficult to treat, and the long-term stability may be compromised. In addition, it may lead to extractions, oral surgery and increased costs.

Signs Of Possible Orthodontic Problems:

  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Mouth breathing
  • Thumb and finger sucking
  • Crowding, misplaced or blocked out teeth
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds
  • Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
  • Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face

Benefits Of Timely Orthodontic Treatment May Include:

  • Improved access for oral hygiene to prevent the development of cavities and gum disease
  • Improved speech and the ability to chew food efficiently
  • Influence growth of the jaws in a positive manner
  • Preserve or gain space for erupting permanent teeth
  • Reduced tooth wear by reducing clenching and/or grinding
  • Reduced tendency for progressive shifting of teeth
  • Reduced potential for damage to jaw joints
  • Reduced or eliminated need to extract permanent teeth
  • Lower the risk of injury to protruded front teeth
  • Correct harmful oral habits
  • Improved the width of dental arches
  • Reduced likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
  • Guide permanent teeth into more favorable positions
  • Improved lip closure and reduced lip strain
  • Improved self-image and self-confidence
  • Reduced appearance-consciousness during critical developmental years
Changing Lives… One Smile At A Time...
  • "Our son would have gone without braces if it wasn't for SCL! Thankful for this program and staff that care. We are currently in treatment. It is already making a difference. "

    - Alice W.

    5 star review
  • "Amazing program that has truly changed my life. Once I was accepted it was such an easy process. Thank you so much!! I would recommend any one with low income and bad teeth to go through the process."

    - Alexandria W.

    5 star review
  • "Just had our last appointment. Being a school teacher I didn't make a lot of money. This program allowed me to give my daughter a smile that she shares with everyone. Thanks."

    - Tiffany L.

    5 star review
  • "I just had not one but two daughters finish having their braces on through Smiles Change Lives and we are so happy with the results. Thank you for providing this service!"

    - Daya G.

    5 star review
  • "This is an incredible organization with Orthodontists donating their skills to change children's lives. More people in need should know about this fantastic program"

    - Judith W.

    5 star review
  • "My son has finally been accepted, approved, and assigned an orthodontist. He goes tomorrow for his first appointment to start getting his braces. Thanks SCL, you have made my son very happy."

    - Alan P.

    5 star review
  • "I am so thankful for smiles change lives for helping a struggling mother out. What an amazing program that helps families."

    - Joy S.

    5 star review
  • "I cannot say enough GREAT things about this program! They have given both of my daughters a new outlook on life, & self confidence that I could never teach."

    - Shelly P.

    5 star review



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