Braces for Children
Braces for Children
There are several reasons why kids need braces, including overbite, underbite, overcrowding, and crossbite. All of these dental issues can be classified as malocclusions. Commonly known as a “bad bite,” a malocclusion results from misalignment of the upper and lower rows of teeth. In order to correct such issues in the long term, it is important that children visit an orthodontist who specializes in realigning crooked teeth and jaws.
Should Children Get Braces?
It is during an initial visit with an orthodontist that an assessment can be as to whether your child should be fitted for braces. Many children feel trepeditation about getting braces: they think it will hurt to install them, that they will feel uncomfortable, and that others may make fun of their appearance. Fortunately, the trained orthodontists at Galleria Dental are experienced in providing braces for kids of all ages in a quick and painless manner.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), children should make their first visit to see an orthodontist at around seven years old. At our clinic in Houston, braces for children is a common procedure we perform and may benefit your young ones as well. Contact us today for more information.
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Our goal is to work with your schedule and to provide you with dental care when you need it. Call us when you wish to be seen and we will make every effort to meet your particular needs. You can also request an appointment online and one of our office staff will contact you to verify your appointment.
Causes and Effects of Misaligned Teeth
In many cases, malocclusions such as crooked, protruding, or overcrowded teeth are conditions that patients are born with or develop early in life. Younger patients often experience an early loss of baby teeth that causes tooth or jaw misalignment. In other cases, extended use of a pacifier or bottle, or even prolonged thumb sucking, can also result in one type of malocclusion or another. And, naturally, poor oral hygiene and/or nutrition from an early age can lead to long-term oral health issues unless these habits are addressed and amended.
As a result of crooked teeth and misaligned teeth, patients both young and old may suffer from the following issues:
- Pain and/or difficulty chewing and/or swallowing
- An inability to speak clearly and distinctly
- Increased risk of tooth and gum disease
- Undue strain on the mouth and jaw muscles
- Feelings of insecurity and self-consciousness
For many Houston children, braces are an effective, permanent method of correcting malocclusions. The question is, are braces the right option for your child?
Fitting Children for Braces
During a child’s first orthodontic visit, an examination of the teeth and jaws is performed. The examination includes both a visual assessment by an orthodontist as well as an array of dental technologies such as panoramic x-rays, study models (or bite impressions), and computer generated images of the head and neck. Based on information acquired during the “planning phase,” the orthodontist can determine the ideal oral health treatment plan for the patient.
Braces for kids come in a variety of styles. Common orthodontic devices include:
Fixed braces – Composed of metal, ceramic, or a clear synthetic material, fixed braces include individual brackets that affix to a single tooth and an archwire that connects the brackets.
Headgear – An appliance used to treat developmental irregularities, a headgear is a custom-made appliance that attaches to the patient’s head or face via wires that assist in tooth movement.
Retainers – This dental device is worn during the retention phase in order to help teeth maintain their proper alignment and to stabilize the jawbone.
Contact Galleria Dental today to find out more about braces for children in the Houston area.