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Does My Child Need Braces?
Posted on 10/15/2019 by Front Office
One of the questions we often get asked is, “does my child need braces?" Well, that depends on a number of factors, but there are specific signs that your child may need braces or even early orthodontic treatment, some of these include: The American Association of Orthodontistsand theAmerican Dental Associationrecommends all kids be evaluated for orthodontics by age 7. By this age, an orthodontist can detect subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth. Most kids begin active treatment between ages 9 and 14. Only a few orthodontic problems need correction while a child has baby teeth. If a problem is detected, chances are your orthodontist will take a “wait-and-see” approach and will check your child’s growth and development periodically. But if your child should need early orthodontic treatment, correcting dental problems early on can help you save money and improve your child’s overall orthodontic experience. What is Early Orthodontic Treatment? Early orthodontic treatment is often referred to as Phase 1 orthodontic treatment or early orthodontic intervention. The goal of early orthodontics is to treat certain problems, such as overcrowded teeth or overbites, at a time when they are easier to correct - usually around 7 to 10 years old – because the bones are more receptive to being shifted and moved around. Depending on the issues your child needs to have corrected, the treatment options that may be used as part of Phase 1 include spacers, expanders, retainers, and braces. After Phase 1, there will be a “rest” period to allow your child’s body to continue to grow and permanent teeth to grow in. Once this is complete, Phase 2 orthodontic treatment begins. This phase of orthodontic treatment shifts and realigns teeth using braces or a retainer to ensure proper alignment. Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment Early orthodontic treatment can significantly reduce the amount of time needed for orthodontic treatment later in adolescence by avoiding jaw surgery or having teeth extracted. These procedures often need to be performed when people wait until their permanent teeth have grown in to seek any type of orthodontic treatment. Early orthodontic treatment can also help save you money. Future orthodontic treatment often costs less because it is less intense, shorter, and doesn’t require additional procedures such as surgeries or tooth extractions. Want to know if your child needs braces or early orthodontic treatment? Call us to schedule a routine examination. During your child’s routine examination, our pediatric dentists will conduct a complete oral examination and look for any possible dental problems and will assess if early orthodontic intervention is needed. Alameda Pediatric Dentistry offers orthodontic services in both our Alameda and Oakland locations. For our Brentwood and Pleasanton patients, we will refer you to one of our local orthodontic partners if you would like to see an orthodontist closer to home. Source: American Association of Orthodontists...
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10/15/2019
October is National Orthodontic Health Month
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9/27/2019
Healthy Gums for a Healthy Mouth
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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
9/6/2019
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8/25/2019
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How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Visit to Our Office
8/15/2019
The Benefits Your Child's Mouth Gets from Dental Sealants
7/23/2019
An Alternative to Fillings and Drills
7/19/2019
Why You Never Want to Let Your Child Binge on Sports Drinks
7/13/2019
Is Tongue Thrusting a Normal Behavior for Babies?
6/25/2019
How Much Toothpaste is Safe at Different Ages for Children?
6/15/2019
Summer Dental Tips for Kids
6/7/2019
5 Ways to Make Brushing Fun
5/31/2019
Why Do Some Kids Get Teeth Later?
5/25/2019
When Should Children Begin Flossing Alone?
5/15/2019
Proactive Dental Care for Kids
5/10/2019
Dental Sedation for Children with Special Needs
4/26/2019
What Foods Should You Stress for Optimal Nutrition in Your Child?
4/25/2019
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4/15/2019
April is Autism Awareness Month
4/8/2019
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3/25/2019
Dental Care for Special Needs Children
3/22/2019
Do Erupting Teeth Need Special Care?
3/15/2019
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3/15/2019
March is National Nutrition Month
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Dangers of Crooked Baby Teeth
2/25/2019
Cleaning an Infant's Gums Before Teeth Erupt is Important
2/15/2019
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February is National Children's Dental Month
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1/25/2019
Summer Sports and your Child's Diet
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12/25/2018
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12/15/2018
How Much Toothpaste is Safe at Different Ages for Children?
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9/23/2018
What to Do If Your Child Cracks a Tooth
9/13/2018
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Making the First Dental Visit Fun
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Do First Food Choices Impact the Development of Your Child's Teeth?
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Conditions Where Your Child May Need to Have a Tooth Extracted
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