Start Orthodontic Treatment at an Early Age
Braces for children available at our Santa Cruz & San Jose dental offices
The reason most children are not so pleased with braces therapy is because of the possible discomfort and the appearance of the braces. Everyone wants a beautiful smile and aligned teeth, and this especially comes in during the teenage years. Most children will settle for the therapy because they want the perfectly aligned teeth and beautiful smile.
What is important to point out is that having braces for children is not painful at all and will not bring much discomfort. The result will be a beautiful aligned smile and that is a reason enough to undergo the treatment.
The therapy will work faster and will be more effective if the treatment is started at the early age. The best results are achieved before puberty starts because the bone is still not developed, so orthodontist can easily manipulate with the forces to push the teeth in the correct direction. For this reason, it is recommended for all the children to see the orthodontist by the age of seven, so any malocclusions can be noted and that the treatment can be started as soon as possible.
Santa Cruz Braces for Children
Your trusted orthodontist, Dr. Amer, will first perform the visual clinical exam of the teeth. For further analysis, OPG X rays are needed, study models and computer generated images of head and neck for the evaluation. This is a so called planning phase where the assessment is made and treatment options analized and discussed.
In most cases, we will recommend the option with fixed braces. Fixed braces are usually used after the puberty as the only treatment option. The benefits of braces for children is that they are fixed and cannot be lost or broken. For this reason, the treatment will be completed more quickly.
After the therapy, your orthodontist might recommend the use of retainers. These are the orthodontic appliances used in the retention phase. After the treatment has been completed, it is important to keep the teeth in the right position and prevent them to shifting back to their original state. Retainers will ensure the proper alignment and will allow the jaw bone to stabilize.