Improving Tooth Alignment For Little Smiles

Often, addressing poor alignment in our early years limits how long we’ll need braces in our teen and adult years. Correcting misalignment also helps address issues with facial structure and airway obstruction as your child grows. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist talks about children’s orthodontics and the steps we take to ensure your children enjoy their visit!

Offering a Kids’ Space

We always want our young patients to feel welcome and comfortable. When they arrive, they will be greeted by our friendly staff. While they wait, we have a game room with a X-Box and games. We’re always eager to answer their questions and help them better understand their oral health and the importance of orthodontic treatment.

Interceptive Orthodontics

As children are still growing and developing, we often start treatment with phased orthodontics, also known as interceptive orthodontics, which are designed to help guide the development of the smile, reducing the severity of misalignment and improving facial structure and oral health over time. We may begin with teeth spacers and retainers, before moving on to braces or aligners. Correcting misalignment does more than just improve smile beauty, it limits the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) and also lowers the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, since brushing and flossing even teeth is much more efficient than trying to clean crooked and crowded ones. If your little one has concerns about the appearance of their orthodontics, let them know that in their teen years, we often use ceramic brackets with their braces or may prescribe Invisalign® aligners, both of which limit how visible their braces will be.

The First Visit

During the first visit, we will use advance digital technology to gather x-rays and detailed images of the smile. We then assess the cause and extent of the misalignment. Our team then creates a personalized treatment plan specifically for your child, as there is no one-size-fits-all approach to correcting poor alignment. We hope to help your little one enjoys a healthier smile, from childhood and beyond. If you have any questions about our approach to children’s orthodontics, or if you would like to schedule an exam for your child, then please contact our team today. Let’s make big changes for our all of our smiles in 2020!

Do Your Children Need Orthodontics?

Our team can help kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens, enjoy better oral health. We even have cosmetic options, such as tooth-colored ceramic brackets and clear Invisalign® aligners. To schedule a consultation and help your kids’ smiles, 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.