Orthodontics for Children and Adults

Stop Problems Before They Start

May 30, 2024

The number 7 is often thought to bring luck. Seven is also significant in the world of orthodontics. It’s the age at which your child, whose mouth is growing and forming rapidly, should see an orthodontist for interceptive treatment. Early intervention can correct issues that would worsen over time. Not all early visits mean orthodontic treatment. 

The office of BP Smiles is dedicated to helping every patient enjoy the benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile. We provide a comprehensive program of preventive care designed to protect your teeth and reduce the risk of dental disease.

If your child’s jawbone is too narrow, an orthodontist will recommend a palate expander. This device, which fits on the roof of the mouth, gradually separates and widens the jawbone’s halves. New bone regenerates and fills the space left behind. Expanders treat misaligned bites, overcrowding, chewing problems and misdirected molars. They also lessen the chances of impacted teeth or the need for extractions. Conditions not corrected in childhood may require corrective surgery in adulthood to repair abnormal wear or bite problems. 

At times, removing primary or impacted teeth will help permanent teeth grow in properly, so orthodontic treatment won’t be necessary. The orthodontist will use his vast knowledge of dental development to recognize the best timeframe(s) for extractions, which will take advantage of a child’s growth and development. 

An orthodontist will continue to monitor the development of a child’s face and jaws so he can provide care to ward off potential issues. Metal braces, clear braces, invisible aligners or other types of appliances may be necessary in the future, but preparing a child’s mouth for that possible inevitability will set him up for the most efficient and timely outcome. It may also help avoid more costly or more invasive treatments down the road. 

When you want an orthodontic practice that provides the topmost standard of personalized care, look to the office of BP Smiles. We offer an extensive menu of high-quality services for people of all ages. Please contact us for an appointment.

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