During your child’s regular check up visits, we will perform orthodontic screenings and can provide any necessary referrals when appropriate. Early orthodontic treatment can reduce treatment times and improve your child’s overall orthodontic results.
A habit appliance is useful to help stop a thumb or finger habit and/or to help re-train an improper tongue position or swallowing pattern. It is sometimes necessary to place an appliance to minimize the harm and distortion the habits or tongue posture can have on teeth. Most habit appliances are banded for adhesion to the back molars and are not removable.
Palatal expanders take advantage of the soft spot to widen the upper jaw. The appliance gets placed onto the roof of the mouth, usually by connecting it to the top back molars, and separates the left and right sides of the jaw, making it wider.
Baby teeth act as a guide for the eruption of the permanent teeth. If a primary (baby) tooth (typically a molar) is lost prematurely, a space maintainer can hold the space open for the permanent tooth. Made of stainless steel and/or plastic and either removable or fixed, a space maintainer will help prevent other teeth from drifting into an empty tooth space that has been created by the early loss of primary (baby) teeth..
The HealthyStart® System is a series of uniquely designed oral appliances that promote nasal breathing and naturally widen the dental arches. It helps develop the jaw naturally and straighten teeth WITHOUT braces. Click below to learn more about HealthyStart.
Wearing braces isn't the traumatic experience it used to be. With early intervention, kids can wear their braces for much shorter periods of time - and with the latest equipment, they can choose from nearly invisible tooth-colored braces or fun colors, like glow-in-the-dark or their favorite team colors!
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends an orthodontic screening for children by the age of 7. At age 7, the teeth and jaw are developed enough for a dentist or orthodontist to see if there will be any serious bite problems in the future. Most of the time, treatment is not necessary at age 7, but early screening gives the parents and the dentist time to monitor the development of the patient before deciding on the best mode of treatment. When you have time on your side you can plan ahead and prevent the formation of serious problems.
Research has shown that serious orthodontic problems can be more easily corrected when the patient’s skeleton is still growing and flexible. By correcting the skeletal problems at a younger age, we can prepare the mouth for the eventual eruption of the permanent teeth. Doing orthodontic treatments in two steps provides excellent results, often allowing the doctor to avoid removal of permanent teeth and jaw surgery. Treatment done when some of the baby teeth are still present is called Phase-1. Phase-2 of treatment occurs after all the permanent teeth have erupted.