Orthodontics for Children
Comprehensive Orthodontic Dental Care Solutions for Your Children
Crooked teeth can lead to a host of complications, such as difficulty maintaining proper hygiene and an uneven smile. Children that come to Bradberry Pediatric Dentistry in Marietta can receive early orthodontic treatment to help guide tooth development and set the stage for a beautiful smile.
How Can Early Orthodontics Help?
Maintaining a uniform, healthy set of teeth at an early age ensures that eating and speaking habits are well maintained and there is enough space for the proper development of secondary teeth. Adjusting misaligned teeth at a younger age creates a smoother transition into adulthood by decreasing the need for orthodontic care once permanent teeth are in place.
Phase one orthodontics targets dentition that includes both primary and secondary teeth. By the age of seven, a child’s jaw has matured enough to predict how their permanent teeth will develop. During an examination, Dr. Bradberry identifies any bite issues that may lead to further complications as secondary teeth emerge.
Early orthodontic intervention is suggested for patients with more complicated alignment problems, such as an underbite, overbite, crossbite, or severe crowding. Treatments are constructed to use the least invasive solutions, such as:
Expanders, metal appliances that widen the palate and guides proper upper jaw development to make space for incoming primary teeth and improve the way upper and lower teeth fit.
Spacers, rubber bands or metal appliances used to generate space between molars before braces are administered.
Extractions, which removes extra teeth that may cause the mouth to be overcrowded and prevent proper tooth development.
Braces, which utilize a series of metal brackets and wires to guide teeth into position to generate a uniform smile.
Phase two orthodontics occurs once all of the permanent teeth have emerged in the teenage years. This phase most always includes brace treatment to move teeth into the ideal position. Proper tooth alignment ensures optimal dental function and improves the ability to brush and floss regularly, giving patients their best opportunity of maintaining their overall health and appearance.
Early orthodontic care can ensure your child grows up with a set of healthy, beautiful teeth. Call or visit Bradberry Pediatric Dentistry in Marietta and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bradberry today!