For most parents, achieving a healthy, beautiful smile for their child is the reason for choosing to receive orthodontic care. However, before permanent teeth are even in, Dr. Denisse is able to assess whether your child may benefit from Interceptive Orthodontics. Part of her residency as well as what she currently teaches to other dentists training to be pediatric dentists is proper growth and development of the jaw and teeth. Early intervention through interceptive orthodontics can minimize or eliminate the need for braces in teen years, but more importantly it can assure your child of proper jaw development.
Children as young as four years old may benefit from interceptive orthodontics. Dr. Denisse can identify problems such as growth abnormalities, occlusion (improper bite alignment) or delay of proper jaw development and teeth movement. These conditions can result from thumb habits, prolonged pacifier use or may have existed from birth. Early on, these and many other problems can often be treated by inserting space maintainers, expanders, and/or using an orthopedic appliance. If your child has airway issues, they may also develop orthopedic problems or sleep apnea. Interceptive orthodontics may be a consideration or Dr. Denisse may choose to refer you to a well qualified Ear, Nose & Throat doctor.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to the proper position.
Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. Your child can now choose from brackets that are clear or metallic, and in some cases, the color of their appliance. Wires are far less noticeable, and the latest materials are designed to move teeth faster with more comfort.
Duration of Treatment
Depending on several factors, including age, treatment method, and how minor or severe your child's case is, treatment time varies and can last between one and three years. The more involved and diligent you are with your child's oral health, the quicker and more efficient their treatment will be. For children, receiving interceptive, or early treatment, can also help provide a quicker treatment time later on in life.
Before beginning orthodontic care, Dr. Denisse will discuss all of your options and provide an estimate for how long your child's full treatment may take. Please contact our Dental Studio to schedule an appointment and learn more about orthodontics and the treatments we provide.