Early Intervention Orthodontics For Young Children
Here at Focus Dental Blackburn, we work hard to create an environment where everyone can feel safe and comfortable – no more fear of the dentist. That includes our youngest clients and we make it simple and fun to get an orthodontic examination for children and adults. Ensuring children are comfortable coming to the dentist is vital because it will put them on the path to a healthy lifestyle with regular dental checkups into their adult years. So when should I consider seeing a dentist for kids and looking at the possibility of orthodontics for kids? The answer is as soon as you notice something that you find concerning. By age 7, a child is usually in mixed dentition state with some adult front teeth present. It is recommended that children around that age should have a basic orthodontic examination.
This can be as simple as checking the bite and ensuring that bad habits relating to teeth, tongue and orofacial muscles are addressed.
Here at Focus Dental, we make orthodontic examination part of our routine examination. It is simple, painless and comfortable for your little ones so they can have a happy and healthy smile throughout their entire life.
What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics relates to the diagnosis, prevention, management, correction of malpositioned teeth and jaw as well as misaligned bite patterns (ref https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthodontics).
The first step in this journey is an examination with your dentist. He/she will examine your teeth, bite, jaw joints and jaw muscles of your mouth. You may be photographed from the front and side (bite and occlusion), as well as your teeth and face. Then your teeth and gums may be evaluated with x-rays. The dentist will investigate all of these factors in order to determine if orthodontic treatment is needed and what kind of treatment is best for you. Today, we have a range of treatment options available to ensure the best outcome.
There are a variety of orthodontic appliances, other than braces, that are used to modify and align the bite. Our dentist will determine whether we are able to offer you treatment or whether you are best referred to an orthodontist. Treatment options that are used include braces, aligners (clear plastics e.g. Invisalign), plates and expanders.
Treatment of Orthodontic Issues in Children
The Benefits of Orthodontics For Children
Starting this monitoring process early allows us to assess how your children’s teeth are forming and make early decisions on things like expansion, habit correction or plates. We also start having conversations around future treatment, thereby making it less scary.
Visiting our clinic for a professional assessments is all about monitoring your child’s facial development and dental growth. By getting to understand your child’s dental development early it is possible to intervene early and treat a range of issues like:
Why Orthodontics For Adults Are Important
There is a common misconception that it is too late for adults to have orthodontics. Left untreated, malocclusion can cause major health problems in your mouth including gum damage, cracked and broken teeth or the need to extract teeth that are beyond saving. We understand that many adults are afraid of the dentist, but you don’t have to with our dentists and therapists at Blackburn clinic. You will be surprised at how far this field has come and how often things can be done with minimal pain. So when was the last time you had a dental assessment? Book an appointment with our friendly professionals at Blackburn and we will make the process comfortable and pain-free for you, so you can enjoy a healthy and confident smile. We also offer other dental services including kid dental care, implant dentistry, teeth whitening, emergency dentistry and regular dental check ups . Browse our website or ring a bell for more information.