Corrective Treatment for Your Child’s Teeth and Jaws
Kid’s orthodontics dentistry in Peabody focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of your child’s misaligned teeth. Orthodontic treatment properly aligns your child’s teeth and jaws and helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other health issues.
An attractive smile is only the beginning
Orthodontic treatment improves the appearance of your child’s smile. The treatment also has a comprehensive affect on their dental health.
Common questions we hear about orthodontic treatment
Seven is the recommended age for your child’s orthodontic screening or evaluation. At this age your child’s jaw and teeth development can provide us a more accurate perspective on their bite.
Your child’s specific early growth and development phase makes it easier to correct issues with their teeth and jaw alignment. Their bones are more flexible prior to the emergence of their permanent teeth.
Get informed about braces for your child
On average and depending on your child’s developmental phase, braces treatment lasts for 12 to 18 months. After braces are removed, most patients will need to wear a retainer consistently for the first six months. Following that six month period it’s necessary to wear a retainer only during sleep for extended period of time.
How often your child has an orthodontic appointment during treatment also depends on their developmental phase and any unforeseen issues that arise with their braces.
Your orthodontist will want to examine your child’s braces monthly. This helps assure the treatment is exerting the proper, steady pressure on their teeth.
We will also make any necessary adjustments to the braces’ wires, springs, or bands. In some cases, braces alone aren’t sufficient to straighten their teeth or shift their jaw. If so, we will recommend an external appliance (e.g. headgear) that can be worn at home in the evening or overnight.
Some orthodontic adjustments can be uncomfortable or cause mouth soreness. If necessary, an over-the-counter pain reliever can help relieve the pain.
Talk to your orthodontist if your child experiences consistent pain following an adjustment. We can change how the adjustments are made to help assure their comfort.
Your child can play sports with braces treatment. Ask about mouth guards to protect their lips, gums, and braces.
The mouthguard is crafted from durable plastic. It’s designed to fit comfortably over their braces and will protect the soft tissues inside their mouth.
Metal Braces can be silver or gold colored. Metal brackets are very strong and can withstand most types of daily activity.
Metal brackets are commonly pictured when you hear the term “braces” mentioned. However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable.
Also, new heat-activated archwires use body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past.
Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces. This treatment uses tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend with their teeth. Some even use less noticeable tooth-colored wires.
Lingual Braces are not attached on the front of your child’s teeth. These braces do their work behind the teeth. And as a result the treatment is not as noticeable.
Invisalign®️ consists of a series of 18 to 30 custom-made, clear, plastic aligners. They are removable for eating and cleaning.
Your child can change them out for a new aligner every two weeks. Each new aligner is customized to adjust your child’s teeth one step further.
Clear aligners are also recommended for ongoing use after your child completes their orthodontic treatment. These appliances help maintain the desired results until your child’s teeth have finished moving.
Your child has braces options according to their treatment plan. Ask us about the types of braces available for your child.