We can provide your children with early orthodontics treatment at Kling Orthodontics. If you are concerned about your child’s smile and how their teeth are coming in, we encourage you to call our office and schedule a consultation. Most parents think they have to wait until their children are older to consider orthodontics. While it is true that most children do not get braces until the majority of their permanent teeth are in, there are other orthodontic solutions that can be considered before that. Sometimes, these solutions can work to either prevent the need for braces or to decrease how long a child needs to wear them in the future. Naturally, each child is different and so are the solutions we recommend, so your best option is to bring them in for an examination.
What an Early Orthodontics Treatment at Kling Orthodontics Entails
We will begin by conducting a thorough examination of their teeth, seeing how their bite comes together and taking x-rays. We are looking for several things.
- Is there enough space in their mouth for all their teeth?
- Are their permanent teeth ready to come in?
- Is there a space big enough for each of their teeth specifically?
- Are any of their permanent teeth coming in on top of or behind their baby teeth?
- Do they have an overbite, underbite, or crossbite currently, and if so, what is causing it?
These very specific questions must be asked and answered for us to determine the type of orthodontics treatment they need and if they need orthodontics at all. Some of the early solutions we may recommend are designed to ensure each permanent tooth has a space to grow into and the space is large enough for it. To make this happen, we may need to place metal spacers around some of your child’s teeth or use an expander to push their palate outward. Rubber bands may also be used. While simple, these solutions can work to prevent teeth from growing in crooked. When they can grow in straight or fairly straight due to a sufficient amount of space, the future need for braces will be greatly reduced.
The Long-Term Benefits of Early Orthodontics Treatment at Kling Orthodontics
Our goal is to make it possible for your child’s permanent teeth to grow in without causing any problems. We want to prevent overcrowding whenever possible and the discomfort that can come from having overlapping teeth or teeth that are too crooked to clean properly. After all, if your child has severely crooked teeth, they will become an easy target for food and plaque to build up on and a prime spot for cavities or infections to develop. This, in turn, can increase the likelihood of your child developing a toothache. Another long-term benefit of early orthodontics is that it will be less likely your child will need to have a tooth pulled due to overcrowding or that they will need to wear braces for a prolonged period of time.
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