Why should your child see an orthodontist before turning 7?

Prevention, in all health cases, is the best and most positive attitude to have a healthy life. The American Association of Orthodontists’ (AAO) recommendation is that children have their first check-up with an orthodontist on the first recognition of an orthodontic problem, at the latest at age 7, because it is at this age that children have a mix of permanent and baby teeth. Dr. Da Silveira, specialist in orthodontics, member of AAO, has all the answers you need for the best orthodontic treatment for your child. Meet Dr. Da Silveira.

How much does a check-up cost?

The first consultation at Bee Cave Orthodontics is free and offers many benefits in planning for a safe orthodontic treatment, anticipating the prevention of possible natural irregularities between the teeth that facilitate caries and other oral health problems. Schedule your free consultation on this link New Patient Online Form

And that’s not at all! Bee Cave Orthodontics patients receive an orthodontic 3D smile assessment completely FREE at their first consultation! Our equipment is high technology! Patients will be able to view a simulation treatment progress in 3D images. The simulation, presented by Dr D, estimates the treatment time for the patient.

What will I learn from an early check-up?

In general, an examination would reveal whether your child has an existing orthodontic problem or if one is developing.

Will my child need early treatment?

Only a few orthodontic problems need correction while a child has baby teeth. If a problem is detected, Dr. D is likely to take a “wait and see” approach and check your child’s growth and development periodically. When the time is right for your child, orthodontic treatment can begin.

Are the devices used for early treatment?

When a child undergoes early treatment (while most baby teeth are present), the type of treatment varies according to the type of problem the child needs to correct.

The goal of early treatment is to create a better environment for permanent teeth when they enter. Not all orthodontic treatment is performed with braces. For some patients, early treatment may consist of removing a stubborn baby tooth, so that the subsequent permanent tooth can reach its proper place.

Some patients may need help to position the tongue when swallowing, while others may need intervention to break the habit of sucking on the thumb or finger.

Other times, they are treated with devices. If a child’s upper jaw is too narrow, so that permanent teeth have no space to enter, treatment may consist of a palate expander to enlarge the jaw.

Braces are often recommended to optimize teeth and jaw alignment after most or all permanent teeth are inserted.

Bee Cave Orthodontics uses the full range of orthodontic appliances for the recommendation appropriate to the type of treatment that Dr. D believes is the most suitable for your child, correcting his/hers orthodontic problem.

If the treatment is done while my child has some baby teeth, does that mean that it is done with treatment?

Not necessarily. Sometimes, preventive or interceptive orthodontic treatment is all that the patient needs. More often, however, patients will need a second phase of comprehensive orthodontic treatment after the child has most or all of the permanent teeth. This completes the alignment of the teeth and jaws that was started with the first phase of preventive or interceptive treatment.

Why move baby teeth?

Baby teeth are there to maintain space for permanent teeth, to aid facial development, to allow for biting and chewing and for clear speech. The goal of early treatment is not to move your baby’s teeth to improve his appearance. Instead, early treatment is done to create a healthy environment for the permanent teeth that will enter. Although baby teeth can be repositioned for preventive or interceptive orthodontic treatment, their movement is incidental.

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