Phased orthodontics, also referred to as interceptive orthodontics, are the treatments we use to help address misalignment in kids. In fact, we often start treatment as young as age seven! In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist explains what you should expect from these treatment options, and how treatment could change as your child reaches the teen years.
The Health Risks of Poor Alignment
Why do we suggest treating misalignment? Simply put, crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth could lead to poor oral health. For example, uneven teeth provide places for particles from our foods and drinks to become trapped. Then, bacteria break down these particles to create plaque and tartar, increasing the risk of issues like tooth decay and gum disease. The pressure on the jaw joints from misalignment could also upset bite balance, and lead to the onset of issues like TMJ disorder and even bruxism (persistent teeth grinding). Finally, this could impact their appearance, causing issues with of confidence later in life.
First, we will take a detailed look at your smile with advanced technology. We assess the cause and severity of misalignment, and then create a customized treatment plan. Causes of poor alignment could be linked to thumb sucking, issues with tooth eruption and jaw size, and premature loss of baby teeth. For kids, we usually start with interceptive orthodontics, which means using options like teeth spacers and retainers to correct misalignment. These devices will be custom-made based on detailed digital impressions and measurements taken of the smile, ensuring they fit your child’s smile and provide treatment with accuracy and precision.
Treatment in the Teen Years
By undergoing treatment in younger years, your kids could require a shorter treatment time in the teen and adult years. Once your child reaches these years, we have cosmetic orthodontics to help address misalignment, including clear Invisalign® aligners and tooth-colored ceramic brackets, so your child enjoys treatment without worrying about impacts on their overall appearance. If you have any questions about our approach to children’s orthodontics, or if you want to see if your little one will benefit from phased orthodontics, then contact our team today. We want to help your entire family enjoy their best possible smile.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT CHILDREN’S ORTHODONTICS?
Our team is ready to start your little one on a journey to more attractive and healthier smile. To learn more about how we help our young patients enjoy straighter teeth and improved oral health, as well as the benefits of our cosmetic treatment options, 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.