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.