You don't have to wait for an orthodontic problem to arise
before you visit your orthodontist. We will use radiographs
and a clinical exam to evaluate children as early as 7 years
old. Often, if a problem with the teeth is noticed early
enough, the treatment can be much shorter, less expensive
and less traumatic for the patient. Here is a list of common
preventative treatments that our orthodontists have performed.
Early loss of
teeth sometimes requires a space maintainer. If a tooth
is lost before the permanent tooth has a chance to take
its place, the space will close when other teeth drift into
the permanent tooth erupts, it's path will be out
of alignment as well. A space maintainer is an orthodontic
appliance that holds the space open so that the
permanent tooth. can erupt favorably. It is a simple
device that can save your child many months of future
Mild to moderate
crowding may be alleviated or reduced without using braces
if treatment begins while the permanent front teeth are
erupting (before 7 years of age). This can be done by creating
more space for the teeth and allowing natural alignment
to occur. A space analysis can be done as soon as baby teeth
start to fall out so it is important to have xrays taken
and to visit us to allow for the most efficient treatment
teeth do not fall out when they are supposed to. In fact,
there are some cases when the baby tooth does not fall out
naturally at all. This can happen when the permanent tooth
is congenitally missing or grows in the wrong location and
does not push out the baby tooth. In these cases it may
be necessary to extract the baby tooth to allow for proper
alignment of the permanent teeth.
When a healthy
mouth bites down, the top teeth will fit outside of the
bottom teeth. This is natures way of helping you chew your
food without chewing your cheeks and lips. Cross-bite is
when the top teeth in the back fit on the inside of the
lower teeth. We can fabricate one of several appliances
that will be specific for your case. Usually, this means
expanding the upper arch. If corrected early enough with
an appliance, a jaw disharmony can be prevented. This can
also correct esthetic disharmony in your frontal profile.
thumb or finger sucking can have adverse affects on the
teeth and jaws. It may cause the upper front teeth to tip
forward and even the upper jaw to move forward.
the habit in time is important in preventing potentially
serious overbite. We can fabricate an appliance
that makes it nearly impossible to suck your thumb
or fingers. If the problem is addressed early enough,
braces may not even be necessary.
teeth may be straightened with braces at the ages of 8-10.
These braces are often only bonded to the front teeth. Sometimes
this is necessary to correct a functional problem and/or
to prevent a more serious problem at a later time. At other
times, parents may desire that braces be placed early to
improve a child's appearance. Remember, children want to
look as normal as possible and sometimes gross discrepancies
in tooth alignment can lead to insecurities that can otherwise
be corrected. However, we will need to evaluate each patient
on a case-by-case basis as braces are not appropriate for
all young children.
Straightening of Permanent Incisors
have a significant mismatch of the upper and lower jaws.
Orthopedic appliances can help align the jaws properly.
These appliances can usually be inserted and removed by
the primary reasons a headgear is used is to correct
the way the upper and lower molars fit together.
It can also be used to create additional space for
permanent teeth alignment. We do not feel it is
appropriate to have children wear headgear to school
because it is too intrusive with daily activity;
he asks his patients to wear them at home and to
Disking is a procedure
that creates extra space to improve alignment of permanent
teeth. This can be in conjunction with braces or instead
of braces. It works best in children with mild to moderate
crowding of permanent incisors. The amount of tooth removed
in between teeth is imperceptible and does not affect further
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