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Orthodontic Treatment For Kids

When it comes to children, visiting the orthodontist at around the age of 7 is highly recommended by the American Association of Orthodontics, even though there is no exact age for kids to get orthodontic care.

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Orthodontists find that diagnosing and treating jaw and tooth issues earlier, and without the need for surgical procedures, to be easier at this stage, as most children have a combination of both adult and baby teeth.

Your orthodontist can be able to achieve the following with early treatment:

  • To ensure that permanent teeth grow straight, the orthodontist can guide and correct the growth of your kid’s jaw
  • Conduct lower and upper arch width regulation
  • Correct issues of crowded teeth by creating additional space
  • Permanent tooth extractions that increase in likelihood later in life can be avoided with the help of a children’s orthodontist
  • Help solve and correct slight speech and thumb sucking issues respectively

Identifying the need for orthodontic treatment in your child is not always easy for parents.

To find out if your kid is in need of orthodontic treatment, here’s a short list of things you should be on the lookout for:

  • Losing baby teeth earlier or later than normal
  • Difficulty biting or chewing food
  • Breathing through the mouth most of the time
  • Sucking a thumb or finger
  • Growth of blocked, misplaced or crowded teeth
  • Popping sound produced when closing or opening the jaws
  • Occurrence of teeth that do not make contact, or make abnormal contact
  • Lack of proportionality between the face and the growing jaws
  • Growth of crowded teeth at the front of the mouth at 7 or 8 years of age

To book an appointment for an orthodontic inspection, please contact us. Your child can have a stunning and healthy smile into the future with early treatment, today.

Orthodontics For Special Needs Patients

At Thomas Orthodontics we have created an emotionally and physically, safe and welcoming environment for your kids. Your kids are joyful and spontaneous, we believe. They have special needs and unique personalities when they come into your family. We want to learn about these special needs when you choose us to administer their orthodontic treatment. If your kid struggles with separation anxiety, is afraid of loud sounds, has delayed development, a cleft palate, autism, Down Syndrome etc. please be sure to inform us. We can’t wait to cater to their every need and yours too, just to show you how much we care.

The Treatment Process Involves The Following Orthodontic Procedures:

  1. The Banding Procedure: Here orthodontic bands are fitted and cemented to teeth in question.
  2. The Bonding Procedure: Special orthodontic cement is used to attach brackets to the teeth in question.
  3. The Cephalometric X-ray Procedure: The growth and relative positions of the teeth, jaws and face are displayed by this X-ray.
  4. The Consultation: Discussion of the treatment plan during a meeting with your orthodontist.
  5. The Debanding Procedure: The removal from the teeth, of bonded orthodontic bands.
  6. The Debonding Procedure: Removal from the teeth, of cemented orthodontic brackets.
  7. Creation of Dental Impressions: You will be required to bite into a soft substance that solidifies into a hard mold of your teeth to make a model of the teeth. Your treatment plan will then be prepared by the orthodontist using the impressions.
  8. Use of Clear Aligners: A series of custom-molded clear aligners are used instead of traditional braces to straighten teeth. Not all orthopedic issues can be corrected using clear aligners.
  9. Ligation Procedure: The brackets on the teeth are fitted with an archwire during this procedure.
  10. Panoramic X-ray Procedure: Images of various areas of your face, jaw and teeth are captured through an x-ray rotating around your head.