If your smile isn’t quite up the task of showing how beautiful it can be, or if your teeth and jaw don’t properly align then you may benefit from the skills of our children’s orthodontics Mountain View. When your teeth are crooked or cracked they are hard to clean properly leading to decay and gum disease. Orthodontic problems can also cause abnormal tooth wear, inefficient chewing, excessive stress on gum tissue and supporting bone and even a misalignment of the jaw joints. These conditions not only affect the teeth and gums but can also result in chronic headaches, face and neck pain.
While orthodontics can be initiated at any age our children’s orthodontics in Mountain View practice at Children’s Dental Group believes that childhood is the best time to start addressing these problems. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends age seven as the proper time for an initial orthodontic evaluation, this is when the first adult molars erupt and our orthodontist can evaluate the back-to-front and side-to-side tooth alignments. Your child may not need an orthodontic intervention at this stage but an evaluation now can pinpoint any action that needs to be taken in the future and a plan to treat these problems can be developed. The plan will have the goal of a beautiful smile and healthy mouth alignment. Orthodontic treatment for children can have many benefits including creating more room for crowded teeth, creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth, reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth, clearing space for unerupted teeth, lessening the need to remove crowded teeth and reducing the time that braces have to be worn.
Our children’s orthodontics Mountain View practice uses the latest technology available to re-align your child’s mouth in the most comfortable way possible. Metal braces are still the most common option in treating children but today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and, of course more attractive then earlier models. Clear braces are made of translucent, or clear material, and Invisalign aligners use removable plastic trays to straighten teeth. Have your child’s mouth evaluated at an early age and give them their best smile possible.
Pediatric orthodontics are a special branch of dentistry that allow us to care for children’s teeth and ensure they grow in correctly and aligned properly. At Children’s Dental Group, our children’s orthodontics in Sunnyvale are done in our offices and by our professional doctor and staff.
Some of our children’s orthodontics in Sunnyvale include removable appliances. These re used to hold certain teeth in place and influence how the jaw grows. Removable appliances can also influence how teeth erupt. They are used mainly together with fixed appliances. Although these appliances are removable, it also requires the patient to stay on top of their dental appliances and to use them as instructed for the best outcome. Braces are usually kept on for a year or over a year, depending on the level of alignment needed. Early interceptive orthodontics are sometimes done when the patient is too young for braces. Patients are usually around age 14 when they receive orthodontics, as the jaw has grown in more.
If your child has an emergency, such as the elastics on their children’s orthodontics in Sunnyvale have come loose, please come in and see us. Elastics are used to create proper force to move teeth into position, and they must be worn constantly and in the right places. They also must be changed daily. If the patient wears braces without the elastics for any period of time, it can cause their treatment time to be longer. They should be worn as instructed and removed only when brushing teeth and after meals. Patients can also get in the habit of carrying some elastics with them so that if an elastic breaks, they can replace it right away. They should always be changed as directed. Any part of the braces that have gotten cracked or broken should be reported to our dentist immediately.
Most patients used to only start receiving orthodontic treatment later in life, around ages twelve to fourteen. However in more recent years it has been discovered that starting treatment younger can have lifelong benefits, and is quickly becoming more popular. At our Sunnyvale pediatric dental office, our orthodontists specialize in interceptive orthodontics, in order to help your young children achieve healthy and beautiful smiles for life.
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Starting orthodontic treatment earlier on in life utilizes the earlier stages of teeth and jaw development; waiting years later to start treatment misses out on these jump-start benefits, and can even make orthodontic treatment more difficult. Growing teeth are more cooperative than grown, adult teeth. That makes it easier for our Sunnyvale pediatric dental specialists to manipulate and mold teeth into proper alignment. Waiting for teeth to fully grow in increases the likelihood of having to extract teeth in order to make corrections. Interceptive orthodontics can correct misalignment, as well as bite and jaw problems. Interceptive orthodontics at our Sunnyvale pediatric dental office can save your child from a lot of unnecessary time and discomfort later in life.
There are typically multiple steps involved in interceptive orthodontics. At our Sunnyvale pediatric dental office, our team of dentists and orthodontists believe in working with you every step of the way to ensure the best results that everyone will be happy with. This form of orthodontics can often be less extensive and expensive than traditional forms of treatment. One of the great parts of starting younger, is we can help fix and prevent a slew of dental issues, ranging from jaw growth, arch expansion, bite problems, and teeth alignment. Interceptive orthodontics starts your child on the path to a better smile earlier on in life. We welcome you to make an appointment by calling us at 408-763-4030, and come discover the most up to date form of orthodontics for your child. We know your child’s health is important to you. That is why we are dedicated to providing top quality service for the whole family, so your child can enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile for life.