Here at Children’s Dental & Orthodontics in Dallas, TX, Dr. Ewing, Dr. Shen, and our staff know the importance of your child’s orthodontic health! Orthodontics play a huge role in your child’s appearance and well-being, even before adult teeth begin to form. According to the American Association of Orthodontics, a professional orthodontist should examine your child’s teeth for the first time by age 7! Our orthodontists are highly trained to accurately identify bite issues at an early age, preventing your son or daughter from having misaligned teeth in their adult life.
Although your child’s teeth may look straight at first, there could potentially be underlying problems with the way their adult teeth will erupt. A misaligned bite, a bad relationship between the upper and lower jaw, unordinary tooth crowding, or problems caused by non-nutritive habits can lead to major orthodontic issues after your child’s baby teeth are replaced by their adult teeth. At Children’s Dental & Orthodontics in north Dallas, we can help identify these issues right away, ensuring that your child’s smile will be corrected by the time their adult teeth are fully developed!
When parents hear the word “orthodontics,” they oftentimes simply think of traditional metal braces. At Children’s Dental & Orthodontics, our orthodontic services include many other state-of-the-art options that can work wonders for your child’s growing teeth! After planning your child’s first orthodontic visit with us, our team will walk you through a plethora of options that will help your child achieve the smile they deserve! Below, Dr. Ewing and Dr. Shen have but together a short list of various techniques we offer to give your child the smile of a lifetime:
Orthodontic problems can become noticeable in a child’s smile from a very young age. By providing treatment when they still have all or most of their primary teeth, we can potentially help them avoid severe problems down the road. This process is known as Phase I Orthodontics, and it will be tailored specifically to your son or daughter’s developmental needs. We may use removable oral appliances or recommend at-home interventions for issues like thumb sucking.
This age-old service is still highly reliable, and one that works wonders for a wide variety of ages. At Children’s Dental & Orthodontics, we’ll place silver brackets on your child’s teeth, and then attach orthodontic archwires over them with the help of rubber elastics. The archwires will then exert pressure at different points on the teeth, shifting them towards Dr. Ewing’s or Dr. Shen’s designated position. Traditional braces are durable enough to stand up to your child’s active routine, and they’ll surely enjoy choosing their favorite colored rubber bands to wear, too!
If you’d prefer to help your child maintain a more natural appearance throughout their orthodontic journey, talk to Dr. Ewing or Dr. Shen about clear or ceramic braces. These braces have the same construction as the traditional models, but the components are made out of clear and/or tooth-colored materials that have a much more subtle appearance. Parents will need to keep in mind that these braces are more delicate, though, and that their son or daughter will need to be extra careful with them on a daily basis!
Many image-conscious teenagers are interested in improving their smile’s appearance, but they don’t necessarily want to wear noticeable metal braces for the sake of their self-confidence. If their orthodontic problems are relatively minor, Invisalign clear braces can be a great compromise! Invisalign gets rid of brackets and wires entirely using clear, custom-made thermoplastic aligners that are hardly noticeable. As Invisalign trays are removable, it means your teen can continue enjoying all their favorite foods throughout treatment.
While the term “orthodontics” entails the management of tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of your child’s overall facial growth and development. This process is much easier to do during a patient’s younger years, as their jaw is still relatively malleable. If your orthodontist discovers any concerning misalignments with the teeth, jaw, or your child’s facial structure, orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedics may be combined in order to create the healthiest, happiest result possible for your son or daughter!
There are several other orthodontic appliances that can provide growing smiles with a plethora of benefits. For instance, a space maintainer can be used if a child loses a baby tooth too early, we holding open the existing space so that their adult tooth will erupt correctly. Also, palatal expanders can be placed on the roof of your child’s mouth to widen the upper dental arch, giving permanent teeth more room to erupt in a natural position.
Early orthodontic consultations at Children’s Dental & Orthodontics determine the extent of your child’s orthodontic needs, allowing Dr. Ewing or Dr. Shen to identify problems affecting ideal dental health, and pinpoint structural issues that may lead to aesthetic discrepancies. Your child’s smile is critically important to their confidence, and to all of our staff here at Children’s Dental & Orthodontics in north Dallas, TX. If your child is experiencing symptoms of underlying orthodontic issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Your child’s orthodontic well-being is important to our staff, so don’t wait until it’s too late!