What is children’s orthodontics?
If your child is feeling insecure about their smile, we have options to get them smiling with confidence. Child orthodontics is performed once they've acquired their adult teeth and sufficient jaw growth or if they need preventive treatment to set their adult teeth up for success. This treatment process corrects crooked, crowded, or in some cases, a misaligned jaw for a straight, brilliant smile. If your child is interested in our orthodontic options, get in touch with us today. We can't wait to speak with you!
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A space maintainer is a custom-made dental piece, which allows ample room for your child’s permanent tooth to erupt and properly come into place. Made of either acrylic or metal material, this appliance can be removable or cemented in your child's mouth.
Palatal expanders are metal orthodontic appliances placed on the roof of your child’s mouth to widen the palate over time. These appliances expand narrow palates while aligning the upper teeth and jaw before it fully develops.
How it works: The children’s orthodontics process
At your consultation, your Lawrenceville orthodontist will determine if treatment is necessary and beneficial for your child. First, your orthodontist will examine your child’s jaw, dental arches, and teeth to check for early signs of gaps, crowding, and misalignment. They will also address all oral habits like nail biting, tongue thrusting, and thumb sucking. Your orthodontist will be sure to share helpful flossing and brushing techniques to ensure good oral hygiene and a successful treatment outcome for your little one.
Impressions and Digital Imaging
Your orthodontist will then take a series of x-rays and impressions or models to document your child’s facial profile as well as any tooth or bite issues to determine if extractions or removable appliances will be necessary, such as a space maintainer, palatal expander, or limited braces. Each case is unique, so while some children benefit from a device used to maintain or move teeth and jaw positions, others see better results when some baby teeth are removed.
Appliance Placement or Extraction Treatment
After gathering data and deciding on the best orthodontic treatment for your child, your orthodontist will securely place either a custom dental appliance into your child’s mouth or administer tooth extractions. Once your child’s dental appliance is securely fixed, your orthodontist will check for proper fit to ensure maximum comfort.
Schedule a follow-up appointment with your child’s orthodontist every 4-8 weeks to monitor progress. Children’s orthodontic treatment can be completed in 12-18 months or less, so your child can enjoy a strong, healthy smile for life.