Article provided by: Braces by Bird
A perfect smile is a sign of health and good oral hygiene, and early orthodontic treatment can be a dramatic contributor. Bring your little ones to our office, Braces by Bird, and our experts will help them develop their most charming smile!
What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?
The dentist deals with problems concerning the gum, teeth, jaw, and nerves, while orthodontists handle issues related to tooth position, including occlusion (the way the jaws meet) and aesthetics. Teeth misalignment can be visually distracting and even cause pain and functionality issues, and even speech impediments.
If your child has any teeth-related problems that may require orthodontic treatment, contact us. We'll complete an orthodontic assessment, and can help you plan the best way to approach corrections, while teeth development is still in full process.
Is early orthodontic treatment necessary?
Yes, it is, as the benefits can be outstanding. We recommend early orthodontic evaluations for children as young as seven, while their first adult molars erupt. This is the age where the expert will get the clearest indicators on how your child’s bite and overall teeth aesthetics will look like. Early treatment may also allow for an easier and swifter correction of essential dental problems that, when left untreated, may impact their adult life significantly.
If your child is approaching the age of seven, we invite you to our dental office. Dr. Bird will perform an extensive screening, allowing her to decide if your child needs early orthodontic treatment. She will work with you to accommodate your - and your child's - needs and wants.
When to treat malocclusion?
Ideally, you should address the problem as soon as possible. We focus on children orthodontics treatment (including early orthodontic treatment) for two reasons:
- We can identify and address the issues and intercept them, making future treatment less extensive and more successful.
- The results of all orthodontic treatment may be faster since we’re treating the problem early.
Did you know that crowded teeth are more difficult to clean than straight ones? This is another reason why we advise early action and intervention.
What procedures help treat malocclusion?
Depending on the nature of the condition, our Orthodontist may recommend different forms of treatment, e.g. braces, baby teeth removal, space maintainers, etc.
Bring your child to Braces by Bird and have our expert walk them through the screening process. Give your kid a reason to smile every day!
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