Preventive orthodontics is a special branch of dentistry that focuses on eliminating conditions and/or issues that could result in the development or the worsening of a current oral health condition.

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Baby teeth emerge early in life to assist in the guidance of ensuring that the permanent teeth develop in such a way that they are in the correct position.

Unfortunately, there are many issues that could be present that could be detrimental to this process.

Examples include the crowding of the teeth, injuries that occur to the mouth, and similar issues.

Preventive orthodontics works to identify situations that could negatively impact a kid’s oral health and takes measures to make certain the issue does not become worse. In short, it is early dental treatment.

When Should My Child Be Seen by An Orthodontist?

When it comes to preventive orthodontics, it is advised that all children be seen by an orthodontist no later than the age of seven. If there are signs of a problem or you are worried that a problem is starting to develop, you should schedule a dental appointment as quickly as possible to have your child’s mouth evaluated.

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What Are Problems That Could Impact My Child’s Oral Health?

In order to effectively determine if there is an immediate need for preventive orthodontic care, you should become familiar with the problems that could negatively impact your child’s dental health. Below is a list that outlines some of the most common issues that could lead to future dental problems. If you recognize any of these or find that any pertain to your child, you should contact us today to set up an evaluation:

  • The loss of the baby teeth too early or too late
  • If issues are experienced when your child bites down or chews on their food
  • If you find that your child seems to be breathing through their mouth on a continual level
  • If your kid sucks on their thumb, their fingers, or exhibits another oral health habit
  • If you start to notice that the teeth are crowded, they seem to be misplaced, or that they are completely blocked out.
  • If the jaws make funny or unusual noises, seem to be protruding out of the side of the face, shift unusually, or are recessed in any manner
  • If your child seems to experience issues when they speak
  • If you notice that your child is biting into their cheek or other areas of the mouth in an accidental manner
  • If you see that the teeth are protruding out in an unusual manner
  • If you see that the teeth are not meeting in the way that they should be meeting
  • If the child starts to grind their teeth or clinch them in a weird way
  • If you find that your child’s face seems to be imbalanced or has an asymmetrical shape

What Benefits Are Experienced from Preventive Orthodontics?

There are many benefits that your child may experience as a result of having preventive orthodontics performed. These include – but are not limited to – the following:

  1. The treatment may assist in creating room for teeth that are erupting where teeth crowding is present
  2. The jaw growth may be stimulated, which improves the overall symmetry of the face
  3. It may help in making sure that there is plenty of room available for the permanent teeth that have yet to erupt
  4. It will reduce the need to have a tooth or multiple teeth removed from the mouth
  5. It can help significantly reduce the amount of time that your child has to wear braces
  6. Preventive orthodontics helps to eliminate the need for a surgery on the jaw
  7. It can correct bite issues so that other problems – such as decay, disease of the gum tissues, and chipping – does not occur

We Can Help

Here at Richmond Family Dentistry, we offer many preventive orthodontic treatments that can help resolve and/or prevent oral health complications.

Examples of these services include – but are not limited to – space maintainers, holding arches, braces, cleanings, fluoride treatments, growth projections, sealants to the teeth, x-rays, and enamel corrections.

In addition to this, we also offer whitening kits that may be taken home, mouth guards for kids that are part of an athletic team, instructions on how to properly care for the mouth, and more!

We work to ensure that your child has the healthiest smile possible. It is our goal to provide top-quality, inexpensive dental care to all of our patients. For more information or to schedule your appointment, you may contact us today by calling: