We recommend that a child receive their first orthodontic screening by the age 8. By examining a child early, we are able to recognize potential problems early and correct them before they become more serious. This is particularly important if your child exhibits any habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting upon swallowing. This is the stage of orthodontics known as the Interception phase. We correct the issue of space and habits so adult teeth have the room to come in.
In certain types of bite problems, early interceptive orthodontic treatment has proven to be beneficial for the overall desired result. Because a young child’s permanent teeth have not finished erupting (growing in), we are able to thoroughly evaluate the front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships and address any impending problems at its earliest stage.
During your child’s initial evaluation we will first determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed. The most common are crowding, crossbites or overbites. It is probable that early treatment is not necessary at the time. However, if early treatment is indicated, we will create a personalized treatment plan for your child that will prove to be the most beneficial for his/her specific case.
Early orthodontic treatment varies between patients but may include removable or fixed appliances that can provide more room for crowded, erupting teeth; preserve space for unerupted teeth; create facial symmetry through manipulating jaw growth; reduce the possibility of tooth extraction; and reduce overall treatment time and cost in braces or invisalign.
Orthodontics has come a long way. Braces used to consist of a steel band went around each individual tooth like a ring. The wire that pulled the teeth into line was attached to a little bracket that was on the front of the steel bands. You might remember what this looked like – a mouth full of metal!
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Conveniently located on 6255 Hazeldean Rd (on the second floor of Big Red Barn), in Stittsville, we provide dental services to patients from Stittsville, Kanata, Carp, Richmond, Munster, Carleton Place, Ottawa and Arnprior. Call us at 613-831-7750 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment with one of our dentists and hygienists today.