If your child begins to exhibit signs of misalignment in his or her smile, then treatment may be necessary to reduce the severity of poor alignment and improve oral health. In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss the interceptive orthodontics we offer for little smiles, and the long-term benefits they enjoy as they enter their teen and adult years.
The Impact of Misalignment
As we grow older, poor alignment can worsen. Some people feel embarrassed about their smile, which could impact their confidence. Crooked and crowded teeth could also provide hiding places for food particles. Brushing and flossing may not be able to reach these bits of food, allowing bacteria to break them down in a process that creates plaque buildup and an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. For others, misalignment places strain on the jaw joints, meaning a greater risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). These jaw joint disorders could lead to headaches, jaw pain, and for some, damaged teeth and a greater risk of decay and infection. By correcting alignment, starting in childhood, you help your little one enjoy a healthier smile and less time in braces as a teen.
We typically suggest a routine exam at around age seven. At this point, the baby teeth have all erupted and in fact, the permanent teeth are beginning to come in. We can assess the risk of misalignment and any issues with the growth of the jaw. Our team can then create custom treatments to begin repositioning the teeth and guiding the growth of the jaw, often limiting the extent of poor alignment in the teen years. The interceptive orthodontics we prescribe may include retainers, teeth spacers, and even aligners and braces.
The interceptive orthodontics help prepare the smile for more substantial treatments in the teen years. However, we understand how hesitant many teens can be to wearing traditional metal orthodontics. Fortunately, we have cosmetic alternatives that many patients qualify for. Our team may provide metal braces that use ceramic brackets, which can be shaded to match the teeth. Tooth-colored brackets significantly reduce the visibility of metal braces. We also have clear aligners, which are worn daily to reposition the teeth and are practically invisible. You can even remove them before meals. If you have any questions about children’s treatment options, or if you’re ready to schedule a visit for your little one, then contact our team today.
Does Your Child Need an Appointment?
We want to help your children enjoy optimal oral health by correcting poor alignment and bite imbalance. To schedule your consultation and discuss children’s orthodontics, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Haslet, Azle, and all surrounding communities.