The onset of misalignment could start as soon as the teeth start erupting, and we can begin to treat the issue for children starting at around age seven. To guide the growth of the smile and limit malocclusion, we could use phase one orthodontics. In today’s blog, your Shirley, NY, pediatric dentist and orthodontist talks about treatment options for kids.
The Initial Consultation
The process starts with the first visit to our office. Our team knows how to help kids feel calm and comfortable in new settings that could otherwise make them nervous, like the dentist’s office. We will then take a close look at their smile. Using digital technology, the exam will be quick and comfortable. We will be able to assess the threats of misalignment and choose the most appropriate treatment option. The goal of the first part is to help limit the severity of malocclusion by guiding the growth of the jaw and smile. We then complete the process in the second phase of treatment.
Our Phase One Treatment Options
The first phase could involve the use of a retainer, which is an oral appliance that could be removable or fixed in place. The retainer helps guide the growth of the smile and gently helps shift the teeth to limit the severity of misalignment. This will be custom-made to ensure a comfortable fit and treatment with precision and accuracy. Our team could also recommend a space maintainer. This is a fixed or removable device that helps keep the gaps open after a baby tooth is lost prematurely. This prevents teeth from shifting and allows the permanent teeth to erupt properly, limiting the risks of severe misalignment. Again, we take steps to ensure this device is custom-fitted for your little one’s smile.
Completing Treatment in the Teen Years
The second phase begins in the teen years, as we want all of the permanent teeth to erupt and the outer enamel to properly calcify. This stage completes the process of correcting the smile. We could use braces, making them less visible with ceramic brackets, for more severe cases. The Invisalign® system could also be recommended, as this option offers clear and nearly invisible methods of correcting misalignment. The aligners can also be removed before meals or prior to brushing and flossing the teeth.
If you have any questions about our first phase of orthodontic treatment for kids, then contact our team today to learn more.
Make an Appointment With Your Shirley, NY, Orthodontist and Pediatric Dentist
Our team is ready to offer care to guide smiles and limit malocclusion. To learn more about starting treatment for kids as young as age seven, then contact Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in Shirley, NY, by calling (631) 399-1600.