Children’s Orthodontics solutions for a brighter future in Mesa, AZ
While many people think of braces and other orthodontic solutions as cosmetic and not medically necessary, they can also be extremely important to a patient’s overall oral health. Teeth that are crooked can be harder to brush and clean, leaving a patient more susceptible to gingivitis and cavities. It is imperative to start treating potential orthodontic problems in children because it may produce results that are not possible once the jaw and face have finished their growth.
The goal of orthodontic treatment is straight teeth and the realignment of the patient’s bite. The American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association both recommend that children be evaluated for orthodontics by the age of 7. If problems exist, most children will begin treatment between the ages of 9 and 14.
There are several different types of orthodontic treatments and appliances available for children:
- Braces: Braces are the most common way to straighten teeth; braces have come a long way since the years of a “mouth full of metal.” Braces are now available in a variety of materials that have a clear or tooth colored appearance. Invisible orthodontic aligners are also used as an effective method without traditional braces and wires.
- Rubber Bands: Often used when a force stronger than the braces is needed to move the teeth into the desired position. Rubber bands are available in a variety colors to make the process more enjoyable for children.
- Headgear: Headgear is usually just needed at night. Like rubber bands, headgear can be effective when more force is needed to align the teeth and jaws.
- Retainers: These are used once the braces are removed to keep the teeth in place. Wearing a retainer can keep your teeth from shifting before they settle into places. There are both bonded and removable retainers available.
You should have your child evaluated for potential orthodontic issues if you notice any of the following signs:
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Unusual jaw problems: shifting, noises or protrusion
- Teeth that don’t meet or meet in in atypical way
- Clenching/grinding of teeth
- Misplaced or crowded teeth
- Facial asymmetry
Dr. Fritz and his team at New Health Dental in Mesa, AZ., provide a variety of orthodontics for children. If you feel like your child needs to be evaluated, please call us today to schedule your initial consultation. We offer traditional and holistic treatment options for all both children and adults in Mesa, AZ.