We don’t just offer orthodontic care for teens and adults, but young kids as well. In fact, we can sometimes start treatment as young as age seven! We do this with the use of interceptive orthodontics, such as retainers and teeth spacers. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist talks about interceptive orthodontics for children!
The Causes of Poor Alignment and the Impacts
Children could develop misalignment due to complications with the growth and development of the jaw, which could leave little room for the smile and cause crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth. Premature loss of baby teeth also alters how the permanent ones erupt, leading to uneven smiles. This could be brought on by tongue thrusting and thumb sucking as well, or an injury to the smile.
Misalignment then provides places for food and drink particles to remain trapped, allowing bacteria to break them down and causing cavities and gingivitis as a result. Poor alignment also strains jaw joints, so the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding) increases with age. To protect oral health and smile beauty, misalignment needs to be addressed.
Starting Interceptive Treatment
We can start treatment as young as age seven, as at this point here is a mix of baby and permanent teeth. We can better assess the risks to the smile and take steps to mediate them. For example, we could use teeth spacers to keep spaces open when a primary tooth is lost too early. This helps guide the permanent ones in properly. We can also use retainers, custom-fitted or your child’s smile. These help improve the growth of the smile and limit the severity of misalignment.
Care in the Later Years
Once all of the permanent teeth have erupted and the enamel has properly calcified, then our team can move forward with the next stage of treatment. For older kids and teens, this could mean braces for more substantial cases, or Invisalign® aligners for more minor ones. These options help correct misalignment completely, so your children enjoy even and healthy smiles. To make braces more cosmetic, we could use ceramic brackets instead of metal ones, so they blend with the smile. If you have any questions about how to treat misalignment in your child’s smile, then contact our team today.
Ready to Help Your Child?
Our team wants to help your child avoid the major complications related to poor alignment. If you have any questions about helping kids enjoy an even smile and good oral health, or if you would like to schedule an appointment soon, please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Haslet, Azle, and all surrounding communities.