More and more people are turning to orthodontics to straighten their teeth and improve the evenness of their bite. Orthodontics are no longer just for teenagers as most practitioners are seeing a larger percentage of adult patients and pre-teen patients as well. Orthodontics for children in Manor by our Manor Kids Dentist practice are changing the way young patients in this community are approaching the straightening of their teeth.
Traditionally, a young patient was evaluated for orthodontic treatment for a malocclusion between the ages of 12 -14. By this point the jaw and the palate have already formed and most of the permanent teeth have erupted and are holding a position, which means that any other teeth that are still left to erupt may not have a spot and may need to be pulled. At this point orthodontics for children in Manor braces would be used to move the teeth to their proper position but would often need the assistance of an orthodontic appliance such as headgear. Our doctor believes that often the best results come from a two-phase approach to children’s orthodontics.
Instead of starting the process when the patient is a teenager the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child should first be screened for malocclusions at age seven, even before all their permanent teeth have come in. During this phase the orthodontist can begin the process of making room for all the teeth and moving teeth that are in the way. Our doctor can enlarge the jaw so that all the teeth will fit. Most of the time a child will not use braces during phase 1 but the path will be cleared for them to use braces more successfully when they reach the normal age for teenage braces in phase 2. The Interceptive Orthodontic techniques result in far less tooth extractions, less use of orthodontic appliances by the teens and often less time using braces. When the teen enters phase 2 they usually use Forest Hills kids braces, which are traditionally metal brackets placed on the teeth that are connected by metal arch wires. Clear ceramic braces are also available that make it hard to tell that the teen is wearing them. Make an appointment with our orthodontics for children in Manor practice to have your child evaluated by our doctor.