Orthodontic Treatment for Children

Orthodontists are the specialists in dentistry field who mainly focus on correcting the disordered teeth or crossbites. Orthodontic treatments in kids/teens are commonly known as Phase 1 or Interceptive Orthodontics. According to the American Association of Orthodontics recommendations, parents should meet their kids to an orthodontist by the age of 7 years. In these days a lot of orthodontic treatment options available such as retainers, aligners, different types of braces, Invisalign etc.

Functional Appliances for Children's:

Different types of functional appliances are available for use in many ways, all of them work in the same nature with slight pressure variation over the teeth. Functional Appliances can be classified into fixed and removable plastic appliances.

Fixed Appliances for Kids:

The fixed appliances should be treated by an orthodontist specialist as these appliances deals in bonding between teeth and metal braces, whereas, removable appliances may not require an orthodontist as it is not bonded with teeth. The Twin-Block appliances are used widely as it is very effective and easy to use. The special type of fixed appliances is used to control thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.

Removable Appliances in young children:

Removable Appliances are generally clear aligners, retainers, and Invisalign which can be worn for 20-22 hours per day and can be removed off easily as and when needed. Invisalign is one of the most esthetic and accepted treatment. The Invisalign option provides confidence in kids for their appearance. Retainers play an important role in holding the teeth position which is placed at the time of treatment. Removable appliances can also be used for aftercare orthodontics treatment.

Benefits of Early Orthodontics Treatment in Children:

Orthodontics treatment is one of the most important and effective healthcare decision, parents should take their kids to an orthodontist while the kid turns at the age of 7 or 8. Placing the braces or aligners during childhood will shape the teeth and jaw easily, and also brings a beautiful and healthy smile in adulthood. Meet your kids with the nearest orthodontist to identify and prevent any mouth habits like thumb sucking tongue thrusting. Early orthodontic treatments will minimize future treatments like major oral surgery.

Diagnosis and treatment plan is the key to successful orthodontic treatment. Relapse is the loss of correction achieved by orthodontic treatment. Relapse can happen if retention cannot be maintained which is an important threat in orthodontic treatment. Therefore, a proper treatment plan is the deciding principle for the success of treatment. The proper case study, pretreatment cast preparation, 3D image view gives a broader perspective of the success of treatment. This also helps in better patient education. Modern technology has lessened the bridge between doctor and patient which helps the patient to understand the procedures that are being carried out. Newer advances give better developments in the field of dentistry as with orthodontics also.

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American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
California Society of Pediatric Dentistry
American Dental Association
California Dental Association
Orange County Dental Society
San Gabriel Valley Dental Society