Common Questions About Orthodontic Treatments
Have your child’s teeth taken care of can be a stressful thing! Especially if you are like me, and have 3 children to worry about! Questions will fill your mind, and we are here to help! Here are a couple of common questions and answers to help direct you!
How can a child’s growth affect orthodontic treatment?
While a child grows, so do their teeth. And having orthodontic treatment done as they grow, is a real benefit. A very common issue that is treated is protrusion of the upper front teeth. A lot of time this happens because the lower jaw is shorter than the upper jaw…….and sometimes the upper teeth are just the issue, because they stick out too far. While the upper and lower jaws are growing, there are orthodontic appliances that can be used to help with any discrepancies. Sometimes a severe jaw growth needs corrective surgery….but this is rare. All children should visit their orthodontist no later than the age of 7. This gives the dentist and orthodontist a chance to identify any growth-related problems, and get treatment started at the appropriate time.
What appliances are used to help reduce the severity of jaw-growth problems?
When jaw-growth problems need to be corrected, dentofacial orthopedics with orthodontic appliances are used. The decision on when and what exactly to use is based on each individual evaluation. Some of the most common appliances include:
Fixed Functional Appliance: This appliance is fixed (glued) to the upper molar teeth, as well as the lower. The patient will not be able to remove this appliance. It holds the lower jaw forward, which will reduce the protrusion of the teeth while the patient is growing. It also helps bring the teeth together. This type of appliance is used to help correct severe protrusion of the upper teeth in the mouth. My Child Needs Braces Linwood NJ 08221
Headgear: This type of appliance will apply pressure to the upper teeth and jaw, and help guide the direction of the upper jaw as it grows and also tooth eruption. This appliance is removable, and needs to be worn usually around 10 to 12 hours a day.
Palatal Expansion Appliance: Sometimes a child’s jaw is to narrow for the upper teeth to fit correctly with the lower teeth. This creates a crossbite. When this happens, the palatal expansion appliance will be fixed (glued) to the upper back teeth. This appliance will then expand the width of the upper jaw. When the jaw is widened, it will prevent the need for permanent teeth to be extracted. My Child Needs Braces Linwood NJ 08221
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