ADVANTAGES GO FAR BEYOND COSMETICS
As your child’s mouth grows, a variety of factors can affect how their teeth align – which can result in problems with chewing and eating, and impact their self-confidence as they reach their teen years. These may include sucking habits, crowding, and dental “crossbites.”
Using interceptive orthodontics, we are able to watch for changes in your child’s mouth to determine when, and what type(s), of treatments and/or appliances make the most sense, based on their age, the size of their teeth and structure of their jaws. These may include palatal expanders for posterior crossbite.
Drs. Hill, Stout and Horton can identify crowded or crooked teeth and actively intervene to guide the teeth as they come in the mouth. Not only will this improve the look of your child’s smile, but early treatment may prevent more extensive treatment later.
The advantages of orthodontic care far surpass appearance. Braces and other orthodontic appliances can straighten crooked teeth, guide teeth into proper position as they come in, correct bite problems, and even prevent the need for tooth extractions. Straight teeth not only look better, but are easier to keep clean and therefore less susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
Orthodontic treatment most often takes place over the years that your child’s mouth is growing and changing. A commitment to regular dental visits and good home care is a must. Orthodontic treatment is a significant financial investment as well. However, since it offers important health benefits, it may be covered at least in part by dental insurance.
Our goal is to have your child smile with joy through their lifetime. Please join us on that journey by asking questions early and often.