A child’s permanent teeth are guided into place by the baby teeth. If trauma or tooth decay occurs, the permanent teeth may emerge into the wrong position. The job of a space maintainer is to reserve the space where the permanent teeth are expected to come in and is often used for children who have missing baby teeth.
- Missing teeth from an accident
- Premature extraction from decay
- Baby teeth that have failed to emerge
The newest treatment available is now good for children to use. Invisalign uses special plastic aligners to gently move teeth. Invisalign allows the child to continue treatment without changing his or her eating behavior, and can significantly boost his or her self-confidence.
This is the original method for tooth alignment. The metal or tooth colored brackets are glued onto the teeth and the wires are placed on the brackets to move teeth.
Regardless of the type of treatment, we will work with your children to ensure they have a positive orthodontic experience throughout the treatment period. Maintaining good oral health and wearing aligners for the prescribed time must be discussed and followed as diverting from the treatment plan will prolong the treatment time.
Results of Early Orthodontic Treatment
Some of the most direct results of this type of treatment are:
- Preserving space for unerupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces
- Creating room for crowded teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to the protruding front teeth