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You love your child’s smile, but as he gets into his teens you see it less. Poet Santosh Kalwahr said “there is a fine line between smile and laughter.” Sometimes that line is expressed by a hand clapped over the lips to hide crooked or protruding teeth. You might be considering orthodontics for your child but you aren’t sure when to start, or if your child would cooperate in the treatment. You might have heard stories of kids who wouldn’t wear the appliances and the battle that caused. Is Orthodontic treatment really worth the cost?
How The Doctors Work
It is, if you want to turn that self-conscious smile into genuine laughter. These doctors have years of training in treating problems like:
- gaps in the teeth,
- protruding front teeth,
- crowded teeth,
- unusual facial growth
- and other issues.
To do that, he uses different kinds of appliances. Braces are the ones with which you are probably the most familiar. Usually, kids begin seeing their orthodontist when they are 12 to 13 years old. By that time, they are old enough to assume some responsibility in the treatment. What if your child just can’t, or won’t, wear the appliances? Orthodontists also use clear plastic aligners called Invisalign Braces. Although Invisalign products are not appropriate for every child, they offer an alternative to many.
Other Reasons for Orthodontia
Bringing back your child’s dazzling smile isn’t the only reason for orthodontic treatment. Poorly positioned teeth can affect your child’s health, too. They can be more susceptible to tooth decay and can cause mouth breathing, which is associated with interrupted sleep and bad posture. The inability to bite and chew food well also interferes with digestion and nutrition.
The Gluck Orthodontist Difference
That healthy smile is worth the effort and at Gluck Orthodontics we make the process fun. There are contests and games to engage your child and the office is comfortable and stress-free. If you live in the Nashville area and are considering seeking orthodontic treatment, call us today to set up an appointment.
There is a Thin Line Between Smile and Laughter
Dr. Joel Gluck has practiced orthodontics since 1983 when he opened his own office in Nashville. He earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and his dental degree at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Gluck then completed an orthodontic specialty residency at the University of Michigan, one of the top five orthodontic training residencies in the country. He also wrote an original thesis and received a Master of Science degree.