As a child grows and matures, it may become evident that full orthodontic treatment is required. In pediatric dentistry, this is most often referred to as “interceptive orthodontics”. In most instances, this type of dental treatment starts at a very young age, with ages 6 or 7 being the most common. It is during this time frame that the teeth are still experiencing development and the jaw is still going through growth.
As a result, certain issues – such as the crowding of teeth – may be much easier to deal with. Many have a pediatric dentist and an orthodontist in which they take their child.
Now, by simply making an appointment with Richmond Pediatric Dentistry, you can have the best of both worlds. Dr. Jack Reynolds is capable of doing it all. This allows you to save both time and money.
What is Orthodontics?
In 1901, the very first school associated with orthodontics was opened. This is when orthodontics became a specialty within the dental field.
Orthodontics is a specialty that places an emphasis on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatments of irregularities associated with the facial region, as well as the oral cavity.
In most instances, a dentist must refer you out for orthodontic treatment; however, this is not the case with us. Dr. Reynolds has the additional educational requirements and licensure to assist in all orthodontic treatments.
Examples include ensuring teeth are in alignment, assisting to make certain that the facial region develops appropriately, and optimizing the growth and the health of the jaw.
How Serious are Orthodontic-Based Problems?
There are several types of orthodontic complications that may arise in children – all of which cause future problems.
The most common type of orthodontic issue impacting kids today are misalignments. These are often identified as “malocclusions”.
Examples include spacing problems, teeth that protrude outward from the mouth, issues with jaw growth, missing teeth, having too many teeth. These issues may impact speaking, chewing, comfort levels, and self-confidence among kids.
Other issues may include thumb-sucking, nail-biting, tooth decay, and similar issues – all of which may also impact the previously-mentioned areas of a child’s life.
It Is About More Than Just Looks
It is true that full orthodontic treatments can create a beautiful smile and optimize a child’s appearance; however, it is about more than just looks.
It is also about functionality.
The correction of orthodontic-based issues has the ability to improve speaking, optimize chewing, increase the health of teeth, and improve a child’s general health.
If your child suffers from any deformity, growth and development problem, or similar issues, they need full orthodontic treatment to overcome those issues.
Why visit both a pediatric dentist and an orthodontist when you can get all of the treatments under one roof? Not only will this save you time, it will save you money. Plus, it puts the dentist at the front and center of the orthodontic treatment.