Should my 12 yo daughter get braces?
My 12 year old daughter's dentist has recommended that she get braces. Her teeth are slightly crooked, and she has a moderate overjet. She would probably need them for 2 years, and then has been told she will need a retainer forever to keep them straight. We are torn over whether we should go down this road. Neither my husband or I had braces, so we have no first hand experience. When I was a kid this was never a possibility, as it was clearly cost prohibitive. The cost is a significant factor, but I think the biggest concern is if it is worth the short and long term efforts associated with having braces, then keeping the teeth straight after they are removed. Our daughter also has mixed feelings, think she will be ok either way. It seems like it is mostly cosmetic, although the dentist did say that the overjet will make her at increased risk for tooth injury (from sports, etc.) The dentist obviously has a vested interest, so a little difficult to fully trust their assessment. What have been the deciding factors that you considered when weighing this decision?