Braces For Kids
At Allura Orthodontics, we do provide braces for kids. It’s extremely important to bring your children in for a checkup if you notice they may need braces.
Have a teen needing braces? Check out: Braces For Teens
When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for unerupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces
- Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
- Possibly reduce the need for further treatment when patients are older
Is your child a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.
Why should malocclusions be treated in children?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile—it creates a healthier you.
Depending on the type of malocclusion, a child may need one or more of the following during early treatment:
Rapid Palatal Expander
This special appliance widens the roof of the mouth, to correct crossbites and allows room for crowded teeth to grow in naturally. It may also expand the upper jaw to fit more closely with the lower jaw.
These appliances are designed to redirect jaw growth. Correct front to back jaw problems (bucked teeth with a small lower jaw or a large lower jaw) or facial asymmetric growth (crooked lower jaw)
This is an appliance that fits on the inside of the lower teeth, from molar to molar, as a space maintainer to help develop the lower jaw and improve some minor crowding.
Traditional Metal Braces may be placed on the upper and lower permanent teeth to solve a variety of issues including crowding and excess spacing.
Allura Orthodontics has years of experience implementing braces for kids. We provide braces for Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, residents. Our caring professional staff is here to assist you and all of your orthodontic needs. Quality care, right here at home.
Call (702) 489-5237 or Email Us Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation