Children Orthodontist

A lot of parents ask the question when is the time to take your children to an orthodontist? Interceptive orthodontics, or orthodontic treatment for young children can start as early as age six or seven.

At this time, their teeth and jaws are still developing, making it easier to address certain issues such as crowding.

Although interceptive orthodontics does not apply in cases of all orthodontic problems, it helps certain cases such as crossbites and protruding front teeth.

It is essential to take care of these issues early on as protruding front teeth may be fractured or injured in an accident and crossbite can cause uneven jaw growth.

Benefits of Interceptive Orthodontics

Interceptive orthodontics makes it easier to take of dental issues as the child’s jaw is still growing. Early treatment also helps to fix dental arches and jaws that are not in the correct position.

Early treatment may result in less treatment later, saving both time and money. The braces that the kids wear have come a long way and not only are they more comfortable and attractive, but also more affordable, enabling more children to have them.

Procedure of Orthodontics

Treatment plan for orthodontics is customized for each patient based on the issue that needs correcting and the severity of the issue. Most patients wear braces from one to three years, which is followed by wearing a “retainer” that holds the teeth in the new positions.

In order to fix crowding in the mouth, a palatal expander is used and installed to expand the child’s dental arch, so teeth have more room to grow in. When the expansion screw in the palatal expander is turned, the device pushes the upper molars away from each other, widening the jaw and making room to the adult teeth to come in, which helps the adult teeth to come in a better position.

Space maintainers can be used to prevent the shift of remaining teeth when a child looses a tooth prematurely. Space maintainers can be used to hold the space until the permanent tooth emerges and can be removed once the permanent tooth comes in.

Caring for Orthodontics

Special care needs to be taken if your child is fitted with braces. In order to loosen food that might be stuck in the braces, you have to rinse with water three to four times per day and floss at least once per day.

Flossing also helps loosen plaque and food debris under the gumline and help reach all the corners of the mouth that might be hard to reach with a toothbrush.

Flossing is especially harder with braces, so don’t forget to ask you orthodontist about flossing and other dental recommendations. Regular dental care, brushing and regular dental visits on top of this can help keep your child’s teeth health during the time they have braces on.

If you would like to learn more about orthodontics, you can visit our website at www.softtouchdentists.com. Want to contact us directly? Call us at 202-333-3883 or email us at info@softtouchdentists.com.