When Should Kids Get Braces and Orthodontist in Rockville Maryland?

by Gary Adams DDS Child Orthodontics in Rockville Maryland

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Yes we do Kids Braces as a part of our Natural Orthodontist protocol.

ALF Appliance

ALF Palatal Expander

Kids Braces is an orthodontic therapy which focuses on straightening teeth. If a child’s facial development is properly managed by the dentist a child may never need braces. Early diagnosis of conditions such as Tongue Tie and Lip Tie cause under development of the jaws. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent the need for Braces. Tongues and Lips can be untied. Tongue Therapy can be initiated. Orthopedic Appliances such as the ALF Appliance can provide light and natural expansive forces. An ALF appliance is an example of a palatal expander. If Expansion is initiated at the right time, a child may never need braces. If you notice your child getting crowded teeth, you should see us for a consult immediately. Crowding of the teeth is a major sign of under development. By the time crowding has occurred, the child has a developmental that is more difficult to treat and we are behind. Treatment such as the above can prevent later TMJ Pain and Sleep Apnea.

Dental braces treatment aims at improving your facial profile and smile makeover as well as daily functional demands of chewing and biting food. Crowded, mal-aligned and crooked teeth cause serious functional and cosmetic concerns especially in growing children and adolescents. Loss of self-esteem and confidence due to unsightly appearance of front teeth can seriously damages the personality development and growth of children in their teenage. Baby teeth come erupt in the mouth of infants around an age of 6 months and function up to 6 years of age. The first permanent tooth comes in the mouth around the sixth birthday of your child.

An age range of 6-12 years is known as the mixed dentition period where baby teeth and permanent teeth both are present in the mouth. This time period is usually characterized by dental development as well as general body growth and development. Majority of orthodontists consider this age ideal for the management of crooked and mal-aligned teeth through dental braces. Some prefer to say an age ranging from 10-14 years to be ideal.

However, there is no age restriction for dental braces treatment and all age groups can benefit whenever they wish to opt for it. Mixed dentition and teenage is considered best for dental braces treatment as the child is still under growth period and the body copes better with changes in teeth arrangement and bone formation around the new position of teeth reduces the chances of teeth returning to their original position. Growing head and mouth are more conducive to straightening of crooked teeth and stability in the new achieved position and alignment.

Condition of child’s teeth usually guides regarding the decision for starting dental braces treatment. When a child loses baby teeth and grows new permanent teeth, an interceptive orthodontic approach is usually preferred by the dentists. It means using different orthodontic appliances instead of braces at this early age followed by the use of braces once all permanent teeth erupt within the mouth. If Appliances are used at the right time, treatment time for braces will be a lot less or may not even need to be done at all. This approach helps in achieving the best possible results with dental braces in future and the outcome of the child’s smile and facial development.