Orthodontics is a type of dentistry used to move teeth into a better position. With treatments like braces or Invisalign clear aligners, your child can have straighter teeth and a more comfortable bite.
The majority of patients undergoing orthodontic treatment are children and teenagers. That’s because children’s jaws are constantly growing to accommodate new teeth, which allows teeth to be moved easily during treatment. To find out if orthodontic treatment would be a good option for your child, call a children’s orthodontist in Las Vegas to schedule your kids for an appointment.
Does My Child Need Orthodontic Treatment?
Children’s orthodontics screenings allow for any problems to be caught and treated early. While not all children will require orthodontic treatment, every child should visit a pediatric orthodontist for their first screening by age seven. This orthodontic evaluation is used to see if your child has any jaw irregularities or developmental complications that may indicate the need for treatment.
Some signs that your child may require orthodontic treatment include:
- A jaw that is disproportionate to their face
- Frequent thumb sucking
- Chronically breathing from the mouth rather than the nose
- Primary teeth that fall out too early or too late
- Malocclusion (overbite/underbite)
- Visible crowding of the teeth
What to Expect
Your child’s first visit will include a visual examination as well as maxillofacial x-rays. Our children’s orthodontist in Las Vegas may also ask you about your child’s habits, including thumb sucking. Based on this analysis, the orthodontist will discuss potential treatment options if necessary. Those options may include:
If your child is fitted for an orthodontic appliance like braces or a retainer, there are special instructions you and your child will need to follow. The orthodontist will discuss proper care, and it’s important to help your child follow these rules.
Your child will have to eliminate foods like candy and popcorn kernels from their diet in order to protect their braces. Proper teeth brushing and flossing is necessary to prevent any decay.
Which procedures are included as part of orthodontics?
Orthodontics involve any treatment having to do with the alignment and correct formation of the teeth and jaw. Procedures in this category most often refer to the application of braces, Invisalign, or other methods designed to correct malformations or abnormalities in the positioning of the teeth.
Can preventative dental care help with orthodontic health?
Yes. At Children’s Dentistry of Las Vegas, we’re committed to detecting dental, periodontal, and orthodontic issues as soon as possible to ensure the best outcome. During examinations, we utilize x-rays to study the formation of the teeth and jaw to identify any existing issues and provide options to prevent future oral damage.
I’ve found out my child needs braces. Do I have options?
Absolutely. There are a number of different types of braces designed to suit your child’s particular needs and lifestyle. Ceramic braces offer a popular alternative to metal braces, while lingual braces are positioned behind the teeth and keep braces out of view. Another option is Invisalign, a treatment which is clear, custom-aligned, and relatively easy to clean and maintain. Our team will be happy to explain the differences between each of these treatment options.
What types of insurance do you accept?
We understand that individual and family health plans can vary widely, and are pleased to accept most forms of insurance, including Medicaid.
How do I know if orthodontic treatment is necessary?
Signs and symptoms of issues that might require orthodontic care can vary widely. In young children, some of these include alignment issues such as overbite or underbite, a tendency toward excessive thumb sucking, oral discomfort, or teeth that are visibly crowded or misaligned. The best way to determine whether your child requires orthodontic treatment is to make an appointment with our expert team to arrange an examination and explore next steps.
Schedule Your Appointment
Your child’s orthodontist will be happy to help you and your child through the process and answer any questions that you might have. To schedule a children’s orthodontic screening, or to inquire about pediatric orthodontics in Las Vegas, such as braces or Invisalign, call us at (702)-832-0508 today.