Has your dentist recommended that your child visit an orthodontist? If so, you probably have many questions about braces and orthodontic treatment. Many parents and caregivers wonder about the duration of treatment. The truth is that treatment times vary from person to person depending on the placement of their teeth. In some cases, wearing braces may follow or precede other forms of orthodontic treatment. During an orthodontic consultation, our team will develop a treatment plan with an estimated treatment time.
When is orthodontic treatment recommended?
Orthodontic treatment is now recommended during tooth transition. This is the period of time where baby teeth are slowly replaced by adult teeth. Treating orthodontic issues during tooth transition, also known as interceptive orthodontics has many benefits.
First, the bones in the jaw are still developing and this growth can create more room in the mouth. For instance, palate expanders can be used to widen the mouth and make room for moving teeth. Issues such as baby teeth not falling out fast enough to make room for adult teeth can be addressed with tooth extractions, and fixed orthodontic appliances can be used to help guide teeth to healthy positions as they come through the gums.
Overall, interceptive orthodontics helps reduce treatment times and can prevent the need for more invasive and costly treatment later in life.
How do braces work?
Braces work by creating consistent force and pressure on teeth. The gentle force generated by fixed oral appliances like brackets and wires will move teeth over time. This principle is what turns problematic tooth placement into a healthy, straight-looking smile after treatment is complete.
When should my child see an orthodontist?
For most children, the best time to schedule an orthodontic consultation is around the age of seven. This time is ideal because it is during tooth transition.
To learn more about orthodontic issues and your child’s treatment options, we invite you to schedule an appointment at our family friendly practice.
Call us today to reserve a consultation at Bunn Orthodontic Group.