Braces are the name of the game at this age. Dentists may refer patients to an orthodontist as early as age 8 if they spot problems with crowding, bite, or tooth position. Often orthodontists complete two stages of care, starting with an appliance (such as an expander or retainer) or braces to guide teeth into proper position. Kids return for a second stage between ages 10 and 13 to get their final look. “Starting early allows for better long-term retention or improved facial profiles,” says John Cretzmeyer of Dentistry for the Entire Family in Fridley.
Chipped teeth are also a childhood staple. To really shine up a smile, and for prevention, David Cook of Smiles@France in Edina will smooth and polish teeth to even out rough edges. “If you don’t smooth rough and chipped front teeth, they will continue to chip,” he says, “just like a rough fingernail will snag on clothing and break.”
“If you don’t smooth rough and chipped front teeth, they will continue to chip just like a rough fingernail will snag on clothing and break.”
David Cook, smiles@france