Part of helping your child to achieve great oral health that lasts a lifetime is monitoring the development of their teeth, and the possible need for orthodontic treatment.
For children, there is an optimal window during which we should begin planning orthodontic treatment. Treatment at an early age ensures the best results with the least amount of time and expense.
The American Association of Orthodontists suggests scheduling an evaluation as soon as we see any sign of orthodontic problems, but no later than age seven. At this point, children usually have their first permanent molars and incisors, allowing us to evaluate crowding, crossbites, and other alignment problems.
Children often display early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. The goal of treatment during phase one is to help create the conditions that allow your child’s jaw to develop in a way that will accommodate all of the permanent teeth and improve their dental bite.
With early treatment, we can examine and monitor your child's growth to determine when starting treatment will be most effective. For instance, we may find your child has an upper jaw that’s growing too much or is too narrow. If your child is over six and we find this jaw discrepancy, we may recommend early orthodontic treatment. When treatment is started before all adult teeth have emerged, it’s known as Phase One treatment.
Working with your child at an early age allows us to develop a comprehensive record that can be used to determine which type of orthodontic treatment is best. These records include models of the teeth, x-rays, and photographs.
After the initial evaluation, we’ll take a “time-out” to allow your child’s teeth to emerge naturally. Successful Phase One treatment will have created room for permanent teeth to find an eruption path, so it’s best to allow them some freedom of movement. Removing certain baby teeth may be in the best interest of ensuring proper eruption during this resting phase.
The second phase of treatment begins when all your child’s permanent teeth have erupted. Our goal during the Phase Two treatment is to ensure each tooth is perfectly located in the mouth so they’re in harmony with other teeth, as well as the lips, cheeks, and tongue. When this balance is established, the teeth will function together properly.
We’ll use the records taken during the first phase of treatment and establish a diagnosis and treatment plan customized for your child. Phase Two usually includes full upper and lower braces on all teeth for an average of 24 months.
With all the effort you and your child go through to achieve a straight, healthy smile, it’s important that retainers be worn to protect your investment and maintain the beautiful results. We’ll also schedule recall appointments every six months so we can monitor your child’s continued development.
Invisalign® First are clear aligners specifically designed to provide predictable results and positive, comfortable experiences for growing children and their little smiles.
Tooth misalignment, teeth gapping, and/or crowded teeth are not age-specific orthodontic problems and can be an issue for children of all ages. If you want your child to feel confident with their braces, consider Personalized WildSmiles Braces which helps your child take some control of the experience.
Specially designed for children and teens, WildSmiles Braces allow kids to choose their brackets in the shapes and colors that express their personality. There are a variety of shapes to choose from, including hearts, stars, soccer balls, flowers, diamonds, and more.
Not only are WildSmiles Braces a fun alternative to traditional braces, but they can also help your child feel good about themselves and embrace their smile with confidence.
We want to do everything possible to ensure your child enjoys a healthy smile for life. For this reason, we’re pleased to offer free customized mouth guards to all children under the age of 12 — even if you're not a patient. This is a service we provide free of charge because it’s our responsibility to do what we can to protect the precious oral health of all the children in our community.
Of all the athletic mouthguards available today, our customized guards provide the ultimate protection for your child’s teeth. Unlike “boil and bite” or generic mouth guards, our custom mouthguards are made using a dental model of your child’s mouth. This creates a perfect fit, so the guard is more comfortable, and your child is more likely to wear it when necessary. The material used for our custom mouthguards is also much stronger and can stand up to greater force than generic guards.