When Should A Child See The Orthodontist?

An orthodontic exam could benefit children of all ages. The earlier your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist can see your kid, the sooner we can begin the process of treating misalignment and enjoying healthier and more attractive smiles. Let’s talk about our approach to children’s orthodontic care.

The Dangers of Poor Alignment

For children, misalignment could be the result of thumb-sucking, tongue thrusting, breathing obstruction, or problems with the eruption of the teeth or the size of the mouth. Whatever the cause, poor alignment has been linked to higher risks of tooth decay and gum disease, as brushing and flossing crooked and crowded teeth can be difficult. Poor alignment could also boost the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism, and of course have negative impacts on the appearance of the smile. In order to avoid these effects on a smile’s appearance and health, your child should see us for an exam.

Interceptive Orthodontic Care

Using digital technology, we can carefully examine the smile to assess the cause and extent of poor alignment. For young children, often as young as three, we can discuss the use of interceptive orthodontics, which help lessen the severity of misalignment and guide the eruption of permanent teeth. When kids then reach their teen years, the amount of time they will need to wear braces or clear aligners is reduced significantly. Interceptive orthodontics include retainers, tooth spacers, aligners, and in some cases, braces. We will custom-make their aligners and appliances to ensure a comfortable fit and treatment with accuracy and precision.

Care in the Teen Years

Once your children reach the teen years, we can complete treatment with braces or Invisalign® aligners. With braces, we can create the brackets we place on the front of the teeth with ceramic, which ensures a more natural appearance and reduces the visibly of the braces. With Invisalign®, we have a series of clear and comfortable aligners that gradually and carefully repositions the teeth over a period of a year to 18 months. Once your little ones reach adulthood, they can enjoy stunning smiles and improved oral health. If you have any questions or concerns, then contact our team today. You can also schedule an exam for your child to see if treatment is necessary. Let’s help your kids start a new year with a new smile!

Let’s Talk About Children’s Orthodontics

We would like to help you and your family enjoy optimal oral health by addressing poor alignment. To schedule your consultation and learn more about braces and aligners, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.