What happens when a young child develops poor alignment? Without treatment, misalignment can grow worse until your child needs extensive orthodontic work in the teen and adult years. However, with interceptive orthodontic treatment from your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist, we can limit the impact of poor alignment, and help reduce the severity of misalignment!
The Dangers of Poor Alignment
How does misalignment impact our oral health? Whether you’re a child or an adult, poor alignment upsets bite balance and can increase the risk of teeth grinding. Crooked and crowed teeth also provide hiding places for food particles to become trapped. Even brushing and flossing may not be able to remove then, which leaves the bits of food to be broken down by bacteria, a process linked to higher risks of gingivitis and tooth decay. Misalignment also impacts the smile’s appearance and could cause trouble with overall confidence in teen and adult years.
Aligners and Retainers
A number of factors could lead to misalignment, including the size and eruption of the teeth, the size of the jaw, and thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. By seeking treatment in childhood, preferably before the permanent teeth have all erupted, we can begin addressing these issues and limiting the severity of misalignment before your child enters the teen and adult years.
Interceptive orthodontics, also known as phased orthodontics, include retainers, teeth spacers, and aligners that will guide the growth and development of the smile, and repositioning the teeth. This reduces misalignment and helps correct the factors behind overlapping or uneven teeth. These removable devices offer your children a number of benefits, so be sure to schedule an appointment so we can examine your little one’s smile and assess the severity of misalignment.
While the retainers and appliances above are removable, we also provide treatment with fixed appliances, such as braces. With braces we attach brackets to the front facing sides of the teeth and connect them with an arch wire. Adjusting tension helps correct poor alignment. For older children, these may be the best option for correcting poor alignment and improving the health and beauty of the smile. If you have any questions about addressing misalignment, then please contact our team today. We have the experience and compassion necessary to help children obtain healthier smiles and enjoy their time in the office!
Does Your Child Need an Exam?
Our team wants to help your kids enjoy a healthier and more attractive smile by correcting poor alignment and preventing worsening misalignment. To schedule your consultation and discuss treating childhood misalignment, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Fort Worth, and all surrounding communities.