Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment
Straight teeth, while attractive, contribute to good oral health. Orthodontics is the dental science of re-positioning teeth into a proper bite. We do this with braces, retainers, spacers, clear aligners, and other mechanisms. Many people relate metal braces with adolescence. However, children as well as adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment.
In children, it is sometimes necessary to begin orthodontic treatment before the jaw and gums fully form; for this reason, we recommend that you bring your child in for an orthodontic consultation by age seven. This way, we can proactively treat potential problems from habits such as thumb sucking and mouth breathing, or genetic issues like crowding, under-bite, or overbite. Our interceptive approach enables us to address teeth alignment issues before they escalate, gently expanding and reshaping a young person's smile. When all the permanent teeth erupt during adolescence, some children may need a second treatment phase, which can include comprehensive orthodontics and an appliance, like a retainer, to maintain teeth position.
If you would like to see if your child would benefit from orthodontic treatment, call our office at (360) 943-6600 to schedule a complimentary orthodontic consultation.
Information provided via The American Association of Orthodontists.