Orthodontic treatments may be required for a child or adult to have good oral health. There are many reasons why kids should undergo orthodontic treatments, including overlapping or crooked teeth, malocclusion and tooth or jaw problems caused by thumb or finger sucking. Another name for malocclusion is a bad bite. This means the teeth do not meet properly. If the upper jaw is larger, it is called an overbite. If the lower jaw is larger, it is called an underbite.
Our team at Runnels Orthodontics is trained to diagnose future problems. We may be able to see if there are gaps between adult teeth before they erupt or how thumb sucking has affected the alignment of teeth. There is no particular age for visiting our office, but a general dentist may recommend that a child see our orthodontist because the patient has tooth alignment issues. Just because a child visits our office early does not mean he or she will start wearing braces immediately.
During the first consultation with our specialist, your child’s teeth, jaw and whole mouth will be examined. You may be asked if your child has difficulty chewing or biting and if there is ever a popping or clicking sound coming from the jaw. We may take X-rays to see if there are any permanent teeth still under the gum and we may take an impression of the mouth to help our orthodontist choose the best treatment options.
The most common type of braces for children is the traditional metal braces with brackets, wires and rubber bands. There are also clear or white ceramic braces that are harder to see, and some teenagers prefer these. Another option is lingual braces. The best treatment for your child will depend on their unique situation as well as their wants and needs regarding orthodontic treatments. During this time, it is very important for children to take extra care when cleaning their teeth. After the braces are removed, they may be given a retainer, which is a small piece of plastic with wires that will keep the teeth in the new position.
It may not be possible for parents to determine on their own if their child needs orthodontic treatments. After a thorough examination at Runnels Orthodontics in Destin or Panama City Beach, our specialist may be able to prescribe the right treatment for your child’s issues. We happily serve clients in the following areas: Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Freeport, Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Panama City Beach and Panama City. Contact us today to schedule an orthodontic appointment for your child!