Orthodontics, Braces, and Invisalign
As your child grows, their baby teeth should have wide spaces between them. They are placeholders, after all. An additional 8-12 teeth will be added to an original smile of 20! The growth plate in the jaw allows for this expansion, but sometimes, it doesn’t open up widely or quickly enough, causing crowded, misaligned teeth and poor bite structure.
At Kids Dental Center, we have orthodontic solutions to treat or help avoid even the worst alignment!
Phase I orthodontic treatment is a “preemptive strike,” making room for the 28 permanent teeth to come in properly. The hard and soft tissues of the mouth are still malleable between 6-12 years of age, so it is usually successful enough that your child may not need to have traditional braces – or if they do, they may be able to wear them for less time during their teenage years!
In Phase II treatment (traditional braces), brackets are bonded to the enamel, attached by wires to move teeth into a healthier, more pleasing position. Because the treatment is fixed, plaque and bacteria are more likely to build up. Your child must practice excellent hygiene to prevent decay and gum disease.
If your teen isn’t thrilled about braces, Invisalign is a great alternative. The clear aligners are custom made and nearly invisible in the mouth. Not only are they more aesthetically pleasing, they are easy to clean! Designed to be in the mouth for at least 22 hours per day, your child can remove them to eat, drink, brush and floss!
Call our office in Chandler for a consultation with board certified pediatric dentists and orthodontists. We can plan for treatment that will help their smile emerge beautifully!
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