Did you know that your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist offers treatment for kids? Starting care as early as age seven could offer a number of benefits for your child’s smile. In today’s blog, we’re looking at the options we offer children, and the importance of correcting misalignment at any age. Our team understands how to make children feel calm, comfortable, and enjoy their visits!
The Causes of Misalignment
Why do we develop uneven teeth in the first place? Causes vary, but could include issues with the develop and growth of jawbone and oral tissues, which impact how the teeth erupt and their position. Issues with the size of the teeth could also be a factor, as could thumbsucking or tongue thrusting at a young age. Misalignment is also linked to premature tooth loss in childhood, which could have a negative impact on how permanent teeth erupt. When we start treatment, we begin by examining the smile carefully and taking detailed images using digital scanning technology. We then assess the cause and extent of misalignment, and choose the best treatment option to start correcting the tissue.
Interceptive orthodontics, also known as phased orthodontics, are meant to help guide the growth of the teeth, jaw, and oral structures, limiting the severity over time and reducing the amount of time kids need treatment as they approach their teen years. In the early stages, we may start with teeth spacers and retainers, before upgrading to braces and aligners later on. Each phase helps adjust the position of the teeth and the oral structures around them, providing improvements to alignment, facial structure, and even lowering the risks of issues like sleep apnea in adulthood!
Treatment in the Teen Years
Once your child is a teenager, we complete treatment with braces or aligners. For those with braces, we use tooth-colored ceramic brackets to limit the visibility of metal orthodontics. Aligners are already clear, so they instantly provide a barely noticeable route to a straighter smile. We know that treating misalignment lowers the risks of issues like tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and even bruxism (teeth grinding), as well as breathing issues related to sleep apnea too. If you have any questions, then please feel free to contact our team today to learn more. We’re ready to help your little one obtain a healthier smile!
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT CHILDREN’S TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Our team understands that starting treatment in childhood offers patients a number of benefits as they grow and their smile develops. To learn more about the solutions we offer for our younger patients, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Springtown, Rome, and all surrounding communities.