• Does Your Child Need Braces?

  • Braces - Boise orthodontist - biteIn lieu of National Children’s Dental Health Month, it only seemed right to discuss the importance of oral health.  The majority of our Boise orthodontist patients are young adolescents and teenagers who are working towards their goals of straight teeth and a beautiful smile.  Yet, children are referred to our team for a variety of reasons.  Aside from straightening teeth, braces are helpful solutions for many issues regarding your mouth and oral cavity.  We work with your dentist to build an oral treatment plan that best suits your needs.  Let’s take a closer look at common treatments for children.



    Boise orthodontist Dr. Miler and staff use the term “bite” when discussing you’re your jaw and alignment of your teeth when in a closed position.    Grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw, a condition known as bruxism, can lead to bite problems over time.  Along with damaging your enamel, your jaw can move which then affects your teeth alignment.  This can lead to larger issues over time if left untreated.  Some examples include the wearing down of enamel prematurely, headaches, pain, and possible tooth abscess.

    Braces will help bring your alignment back in order.  The extra stress on your jaw will lessen and the headaches will be eliminated.  You’ll also avoid TMJ which is the leading result of bruxism.  An overbite or underbite can be corrected by our Boise orthodontist so you don’t have to worry about the quality of your teeth diminishing.



    Often, Boise orthodontist patients experience a speech impediment as a result of their bite or alignment.  An oral treatment plan can be established that will correct an over or underbite that is causing speech problems.  A lisp is a common speech impediment that is connected with your teeth and bite.  If your child sucks their thumb for too long, the upper teeth are pushed out.  The result is an overbite and crooked teeth.

    When your child has a lisp, the goal is to retrain how their tongue moves when pronouncing certain sounds like ‘s’ and ‘ch.’  Braces bring teeth into alignment and the movement repositions the teeth to where they should be.  This along with speech therapy can address lisp issues.


    Gaps and Missing Teeth

    If your child has a gap between their two front teeth, braces may be the solution.  Gaps between teeth also lend to speech impediments like a lisp or a whistle when speaking.  Of course, young children will all have missing teeth, but if an injury or illness has contributed to the missing tooth, our Boise orthodontist can discuss your options to prevent problems from arising down the road.


    A brief consult with our Boise orthodontist is the easiest way to build a treatment plan for your mouth.  We can discuss your concerns and needs, creating an oral treatment plan with a goal of meeting those expectations.  Building your child a smile they deserve while improving their bite and alignment is key as they transition into adulthood.

    We look forward to seeing you in our office to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month.  In the meantime, take a moment to visit our Facebook page which is full of the latest developments in orthodontia care.