Starting orthodontic care for your young child may seem drastic. But by beginning proactive care early, we can help minimize or even eliminate their need for more extensive treatments in the future. Give your child a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Develop A Healthy Bite
Phase 1 orthodontics is particularly important in young patients who may have issues with how the adult teeth are erupting or potential jaw problems like a narrow palate. These issues can interfere with the development of a healthy bite. In the future, this could lead to problems when the remaining permanent teeth erupt like speech impediments, premature tooth wear, and lots of other problems. With early interceptive orthodontics, these complex issues can be reduced or eliminated.
Reduce Tooth Misalignment
Early interceptive orthodontics helps the adult teeth erupt in the proper places, and can reduce misalignment of adult teeth. This improves your child’s smile and oral health. In some cases, they may not even need braces (phase 2 orthodontics) to straighten their teeth.
Treat Other Dental/Health Complications
A bad bite and misaligned teeth can contribute to or cause lots of other problems including a higher risk of gum disease and tooth decay, speech issues, and much more. Proper care from an expert orthodontist can help prevent these problems.
Special Needs Care
No matter your child’s needs, our team is delighted to give them the tailored treatment they deserve. We take the time to understand their unique condition, personality, and preferences to make them feel comfortable, heard, and cared for.
Space maintainers are essential if your child loses a baby tooth early. Baby teeth are meant to fall out eventually. But they also help form the “paths” that the adult teeth take when they emerge, and help young patients maintain proper alignment for their permanent teeth. With a space maintainer, we can ensure early baby tooth loss doesn’t affect their oral development.
With our intraoral scanner, we’re able to create accurate 3D models of your child’s teeth, gums, and jaw structure, all without the need for messy impressions. These images allow us to create efficient, accurate treatment plans so your kiddo can put their best smile forward!
When you bring your child to a board-certified orthodontist, you’re getting the peace of mind knowing that your little one’s smile is in the hands of an experienced professional who is dedicated to keeping up with the latest advancements in orthodontics and patient care.
Dr. Liz is all about spreading the knowledge. As a fellowship trained orthodontist, she's an expert in interceptive orthodontics and has taught countless dentists the ins and outs of this important technique. So, if you're looking for an orthodontist who knows their stuff and is all about helping others, look no further.
Calm, Fun Environment
When it comes to providing a soothing patient experience, the little details are a big deal at our office. From the kindest and most qualified team of smile pros you’ll ever meet to our state-of-the-art technology, come see why kids love coming to Everyday Orthodontics!
First, your child will need to have an appointment with an experienced orthodontist. Your child’s orthodontist will take detailed x-rays, perform a comprehensive exam, and assess their overall oral health to determine if your child needs phase 1 orthodontics.
Personalized Treatment Plan
Once your child is approved for treatment, their orthodontist will develop a customized treatment plan. This could include special braces, habit appliances to help with things like thumb-sucking or bad swallow, palate expanders, and a variety of other treatments. Every child is different, so your orthodontist will discuss their plan with you and schedule all of the necessary follow-ups and checkups.
Regular Orthodontic Check-Ups
Phase 1 orthodontics typically takes 6-12 months, though some patients may have shorter or longer treatment times. During this time, your child will come back to our office for frequent visits with their orthodontist. Their orthodontist will check on their oral health, examine their progress, and make sure everything’s on track. This same process will continue until your child’s treatment is complete.