Pediatric Orthodontics – Webster, MA
Prepare Your Child for Years of Smiling Today
It’s hard to put a price on peace of mind for your child’s smile. Wouldn’t you take the steps to address your child’s oral health ahead of time if you had the opportunity to do so? Not only can it ensure their long-term oral health, but it can help you avoid costly treatments down the line. Thankfully, it’s always easier to get it done with the help of Simply Orthodontics Webster by their side, offering pediatric orthodontics in Webster, MA! Their teeth are still developing, which is why we recommend that you bring them in for an exam by the age of seven. This is the age where problems are the most noticeable as well as treatable.
What Exactly is Pediatric Orthodontics?
Pediatric orthodontics is a relative simple process. Our goal is to avoid problematic overcrowding, misalignment, uneven bites and non-nutritive (i.e. thumb-sucking) early. It gives our orthodontists an opportunity to provide more room in the mouth so adult teeth can erupt. This is key to preventing complications later in life. After your child reaches the age of seven, bring them to the orthodontic office! From there, we’ll be able to confirm growing patterns of the teeth and jaw, so you can have peace of mind for their oral health.
What Kind of Treatments Does Pediatric Orthodontics Involve?
Pediatric orthodontics do not generally last as long as traditional braces. In fact, they tend to only last between 9 and 12 months since teeth are far more susceptible to external adjustments. When we discuss pediatric treatments, it typically means headgears or other appliances. There are also limited phase braces and braces worn for a fraction of the time compared to traditional options. Other options include an expansion appliance, specialized retainers, or space maintainers. All of these work to treat specific concerns early.
What are the Benefits I Can Expect?
You’ll find that there are many benefits to treatment if we find that your child is a candidate for early intervention. To start, the risk of teeth becoming impacted increases. This is because more room is available for teeth to develop. Furthermore, your child can avoid speech problems, an issue common in young children with dental concerns. Remember, the sooner these issues are addressed, the more likely their development will improve and the most harmonious their dental arches will be. It also makes it easier to confront poor habits that affect development, including thumb-sucking and tongue thrusting. Finally, it also helps to make their smile more even and balanced, giving them confidence to show it off!