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Kids’ Orthodontic Care

Kids’ Orthodontic Care

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As a children’s Invisalign dentist, our team at Northfield Family Dental understands that parents have a lot of questions regarding orthodontic treatment for their kids. When a child should first receive an orthodontic exam, what age should they start treatment, and what the signs of needing braces are all questions we hear asked by parents.

If you want to provide your child with a smile they can have confidence in showing, orthodontic treatment offers an affordable option for getting your child’s oral health development back on track. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common questions we hear from parents about getting braces for their kids.

When Should My Child Receive an Orthodontic Exam?

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that a child receive an orthodontic examination by no later than the age of 7. However, if parents bring their kids into Northfield Family Dental for regular exams and cleanings from a young age, our dentists will have the ability to monitor their oral health development from the beginning.

Depending on how a child’s oral health develops naturally, our dentists may be able to determine at a young age that orthodontic treatment will be necessary. Starting orthodontic care at a young age can help to shorten treatment times. Depending on the issue, our dentists may start treatment prior to the loss of all of a child’s baby teeth. However, some issues may require waiting until most of a child’s permanent teeth have formed.

What Will I Learn from an Orthodontic Examination?

For parents that want to gain a better understanding of their child’s oral health development, an orthodontic exam will help to answer several important questions.

During an exam, parents should learn:

·      If your child has an orthodontic problem. Following an examination, our dentists will have the information needed to provide a complete breakdown of what issues your child’s oral health may face and what that might mean for their future development.

·      What options exist for correcting the problem. For the majority of patients, correcting their orthodontic issue will require the use of braces or aligners. As a children’s Invisalign dentist, we use clear plastic aligners to treat orthodontic issues in both children and adults.

·      If any teeth need to be removed. Overcrowding could require the removal of certain teeth to make space for the rest to properly develop. After examining your child’s teeth, our team will make recommendations on whether any additional space is required.

·      How long treatment will take. Treatment times vary patient-to-patient depending on their oral health needs. A child’s treatment could last just 6 months or up to two years.

·      How much will the treatment cost. Our dentists will breakdown the costs of what orthodontic treatment and post treatment care will cost depending on what your insurance may cover.

What Happens if Your Children’s Invisalign Dentist Finds a Problem?

If our team detects a problem, we will provide a detailed treatment plan that will outline the next steps a parent should take. Some types of issues require immediate treatment, while others may need to wait until your child’s oral health has further developed.

Parents should always lean toward starting treatment too early rather than too late. The later treatment begins, the longer it can take and the more expensive it may become.

Will an Orthodontic Exam Include X-Rays?

Yes. To best determine the course of a child’s oral health development, our dentists need to take x-rays to fully assess all treatment options. Parents shouldn’t worry about any potential radiation exposure. The amount of radiation used in modern x-rays machines is minuscule and presents no possible health threat to a child’s wellbeing.

How Does Invisalign Differ from Traditional Braces?

Unlike traditional braces that use metal brackets and wires to move a patient’s teeth into their desired position, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to perform the same function but with greater comfort and fewer inconveniences.

Metal braces require patients make changes to what they eat and how the brush and floss. Invisalign aligners are removable for meals and brushing, which means your child can continue to eat their favorite foods throughout treatment.

Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible. This allows patients to undergo care discreetly. No wires and brackets also means improve comfort for patients who don’t need to worry about getting poked or pinched by their orthodontic equipment.

 

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