Like adults, children need regular visits to the dentist to monitor and help them maintain their oral health. Besides cleaning their teeth, at Breckinridge Dental & Orthodontics we’ll also evaluate them for orthodontic care during their examination. Drs. Nathan and Christine Coughlin, your dentist in Richardson, TX can determine if and when orthodontic treatment is necessary for your child. Here are some of the options Dr. Nathan may recommend for your child.
Some children may benefit from interceptive, or early orthodontics. This is typically phased treatment that begins around the ages of 7-11 years old. Early orthodontics uses an initial phase of treatment such as limited braces or an oral appliance to utilize your child’s growth to create additional space for incoming adult teeth. Phase two may include traditional braces around the age of 12-14 for alignment, however treatment time may be much shorter thanks to the early phase of orthodontics.
Children who suffer from crowded teeth or a narrow arch can benefit from early orthodontic intervention. Bite issues such as an open bite or crossbite may also require interceptive orthodontics in order to achieve optimum results.
Children who don’t need early orthodontics can benefit from traditional braces around the ages of 11-15 in order to align their teeth and correct any bite issues. This includes metal brackets and wires attached to their teeth and worn for a period of time for optimum correction. Most traditional cases take from 12-24 months to complete, and your child will wear a retainer at night while they sleep to maintain their correction after treatment is completed.
For our teens that need minimal correction, Invisalign may be an option. Instead of traditional metal braces, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to apply gentle pressure and align your teeth. This treatment is not ideal for patients with severe bite misalignment, and it does require excellent compliance in wearing aligners 20-22 hours per day in order to be successful. It can however, be an ideal option for busy or self conscious teens that would like to straighten their teeth with discretion.
Contact Breckinridge Dental & Orthodontics
At Breckinridge Dental & Orthodontics, we’ve got your dental needs covered! Dr. Nathan, your orthodontist in Richardson, TX will help determine which type of orthodontics is best for your child’s needs, while Dr. Christine will monitor their oral health. We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about what we offer.