Orthodontic evaluation at Frisco Kid’s Dentistry is considered a normal part of pediatric dental services. Dr Rubin will advise parents on early developing orthodontic problems and, when necessary, refer to an orthodontic specialist. Orthodontist treat irregularities in the teeth (misalignment and malocclusion) and jaws by using dental braces. Early detection of pediatric orthodontic problems is important as it can effect the treatment options available, and the length of corrective treatment. The age to start treatment ranges from three to twelve years and the average length of treatment is 24 months. In children, preteens and teenagers the orthodontic treatment is shorter than an adults’ because the bone around a young child’s teeth and the jaw bones can still be molded by dental braces as the child continues to grow.
Dental Malocclusion – Misaligned Teeth
During your child’s annual dental evaluations, Dr. Rubin will determine if your child has a dental malocclusion or misaligned teeth, which is an abnormal fit or “bad bite” of the upper and lower teeth. Pediatric orthodontic problems include missing teeth, extra teeth, jaws which are out of alignment and crowded teeth. A majority of orthodontic problems are inherited, however they can also be the result of an accident, thumb sucking, or losing baby teeth later in the child’s life. A normal dental occlusal fit is the manner in which the upper and lower teeth come properly together when the mouth is closed with the upper teeth slightly forward of the lower teeth.
Dental Malocclusion Types:
Crowding of Teeth
Spacing of Teeth
Early Orthodontic Treatment
Some orthodontic conditions are easier to treat if they are intercepted and corrected early. Problems that could be severe, if left untreated, can be prevented when the orthodontist has some control over where the permanent teeth come in. Through a specialized process of orthodontics, the orthodontist can address the structure of your child’s jaw and teeth while the primary (baby) teeth are still in place. Generally by age 7, a child’s mouth has enough sound structure for the orthodontist to track how it will develop as the permanent teeth begin to erupt. Interceptive treatment allows your doctor to take advantage of your child’s growth and development to complement any needed orthodontics.
Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment
Care for Dental Braces and Orthodontic Emergencies
Types of Dental Braces
Traditional Metal Dental Braces
Clear (Ceramic) Dental Braces
Clear Dental Aligners – Invisalign Removable Braces