In some instances, your orthodontist may recommend a short amount of time in braces to get ahead of potential trouble down the road. This does not necessarily mean that these early braces will be a one and done scenario, but this does mean that you are giving your child’s smile the best chance possible with the least amount of intervention.
Removing a problematic tooth, either a baby tooth or an adult tooth, could very well be the least constrictive approach to a healthy smile. Sometimes teeth just need room to grow and providing room for them to come in properly gives them the opportunity to emerge into their ideal location.
In some cases, what is known as palatal expansion may be the best route for your child. This expander is a device used when a child is still growing. It is placed on the roof of your child’s mouth and causes the upper jaw to widen, which reduces crowding and enables teeth to grow properly.
Throughout the use of an expander, the device will have to be “turned”. This literally means that a tiny key will snap onto the expander and must be turned by another individual so as to continue the process of widening the palate. Expansion takes place as the growth plate in the middle of your child’s palate is stretched and both halves are gently pushed apart.
The tension applied may cause slight aching or pain, but should not be to such a degree that an over the counter pain reliever will not help it to subside. Once the orthodontist is confident in the amount your child’s jaw has widened, he or she will remove the device.
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Remember, just because you set an appointment for your child with an orthodontist, this does not mean that your child will automatically need braces. It does mean that you will have a head start and perhaps less headache if you get on top of this part of your child’s well-being.
Ahava Orthodontics in Fort Worth provides phenomenal care to those in our community and our neighbors. We would love to see your young one on their way to a happy, healthy smile! Contact us today to set up their first appointment.