Orthodontics for Children2018-08-01T15:09:33+00:00

ORTHODONTICS FOR

CHILDREN

Experts recommend children see an orthodontist around age seven when their permanent teeth begin to emerge. At that age, they will have both baby and adult teeth, and Dr. Monacell will be able to spot issues like crossbite, open bite, crowding and other alignment problems.

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WHEN

EARLY TREATMENT IS BETTER

Orthodontic treatment is not just for children with obvious tooth misalignment. The untrained eye can’t always spot dental problems. That’s why your child needs early evaluation and treatment by an orthodontist. An early appointment can help prevent serious oral issues as your child grows and make treatment easier.

If your child has orthodontic issues, Dr. Monacell can intervene while their jaw is still growing and can be more easily corrected. He may choose to use dental appliances such as a retainer or braces in order to accomplish the following:

+Correct the growth of your child’s jaw

+Maintain proper arch width

+Make more space for adult teeth

+Prevent future tooth extractions

+Address minor speech issues

That first trip to the orthodontist may be all your child will ever need. Their teeth and jaw may be perfectly aligned and stay that way. Some patients will need treatment then or in the future.  If so, after all of your child’s permanent teeth come in, they will be fitted with braces to continue the corrective treatment. This popular two-phase approach may shorten the period that your child will need to wear full braces.

CORRECTING

BAD HABITS

Thumb
Sucking

The sucking reflex is natural in early childhood and usually disappears between ages two and four. But if it persists much later, the pressure of the digit on the front teeth and the upper jaw can actually cause the teeth to become misaligned and the jaw to change shape. This can lead to the orthodontic problem called open bite and may also impair speech.

Other
Problems

Dr. Monacell can also diagnose other issues like tongue thrusting and mouth breathing that can adversely affect your child’s teeth. Various orthodontic treatments are available to help correct these habits and the sooner they’re taken care of, the less damage they may cause. These potential problems aren’t always easy to recognize. That’s one more reason why you should bring your child in for an early orthodontic screening.

PARENTS’ GUIDE TO ORTHODONTICS

Is it time for your child or teen to get braces? Maybe you’ve noticed them having difficulty speaking clearly, or even the front teeth sticking out due to a long ago thumb sucking habit. When it comes to your son or daughter getting braces, let this information from the American Association of Orthodontists serve as your guide to what every parent can expect.

Topics Covered:

  • Orthodontic Consultations for Kids
  • Orthodontist vs. Family Dentist
  • Early Intervention
  • How Long Will My Child Wear Braces
  • Treatment Costs
  • Will Our Dental Insurance Cover My Child’s Treatment?
  • Glossary of Terms
  • And More
American Association of Orthodontists
View Parents Guide to Orthodontics

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