Orthodontic Care for Children.
As recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists, your child's first visit to the Orthodontist should be at the age of 7. By this age, the first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in and problems such as a crossbite, underbite, overbite or crowding can be evaluated. At the initial visit, our orthodontist will determine the need and timing of treatment for your child.
If any of the abovementioned conditions exist, early treatment will be recommended. Early treatment will allow our orthodontist to guide the growth of the jaws in order to accommodate the eruption of incoming permanent teeth and thus reducing the likelihood of impacted teeth. Early treatment can also help correct habits such as thumb sucking and eliminate abnormal swallowing, breathing and speech problems. Early orthodontic treatment often begins around age 8 and lasts for 12 to 18 months.
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a very specialized process that will correct issues of jaw relationship and crowding in two stages. The first stage of treatment is accomplished while your child still has a mix of both, primary and permanent teeth. In this stage, braces may or may not be used. Our orthodontist may use appliances to aid in development of the growing jaws or help correct the relationship of the teeth and jaws. The second stage is accomplished when your child has most or all of his/her permanent teeth. During this stage, braces will be placed on all teeth to correct and finalize the alignment and relationship of the top and bottom teeth. Not every child needs a two-phase treatment. Our orthodontist will determine if your child will benefit from this treatment at their initial visit.
Surgical Orthodontic Treatment.
Surgical orthodontics (also known as orthognathic surgery) corrects the skeletal jaw discrepancies to improve the patient's ability to chew, speak, breath and to improve his/her facial appearance. Our orthodontist will discuss the benefits of surgical orthodontics for "non-growing" patients with improper bites and those with facial esthetic concerns. All face and jaw growth must be completed before jaw surgery can be performed; however, the pre-surgical tooth movements typical begin one to two years prior to surgery.
When orthodontic treatment is completed your child will need to wear retainers to keep his/her teeth straight. A retainer schedule will be recommended by our orthodontist based on your child's individual situation.
Our office offers both traditional metal braces and clear braces for the esthetically conscious patient. All materials and appliances in our office are approved and supported by the American Association of Orthodontists.
In addition to braces and retainers, some patients may benefit from certain appliances to help correct their bite and aid in developing their jaws. The appliances commonly used by our orthodontist are approved and supported by the American Association of Orthodontists and including the following:
- Quad Helix
- Transpalatal arch
- Space maintainer