If your child is approaching the age of seven, you should consider scheduling a free orthodontic consultation with our Glendale pediatric orthodontist at Children’s Dental Group. This is the age when the first permanent molars begin to come through, and therefore is also the age where it is the most useful to begin interceptive orthodontic treatments. At this age, our Glendale pediatric orthodontist can get an idea of how your child’s teeth are growing in, and can see the early signs of future bite problems or overcrowded teeth. Interceptive orthodontics involves using special techniques to manipulate and improve the way your child’s teeth come in, in order to avoid a greater amount of dental or orthodontic work for your child later on in life. Some examples of what interceptive orthodontics can do include: creating room for incoming teeth in a smaller sized mouth, changing the way the jaw is growing, and maintaining space for teeth that have not yet erupted.
Some common devices that are used in the field of interceptive orthodontics are space maintainers. Space maintainers can be implanted by our Glendale pediatric orthodontist and are either fixed or removable. Space maintainers are made of plastic or stainless steel, and they are used to keep a space open until the permanent tooth is ready to come in. Some common situations that require the use of a space maintainer is if a baby tooth is lost prematurely and the adult permanent tooth is not ready to come in yet, or if a permanent tooth is missing. At Children’s Dental Group, we utilize the latest advancements in orthodontic technology in order to fabricate completely customized space maintainers and all other devices as well.
To learn more about the options for your child at Children’s Dental Group, we invite you to browse through our Glendale pediatric orthodontist website and to get in touch with us if you have any specific questions or concerns that we can help you with. You can reach us by telephone during our regular office hours. We look forward to seeing you and your family at Children’s Dental Group soon.