It can be difficult to know if orthodontic treatment for children is necessary at a glance. Sometimes teeth that are straight need treatments, and teeth that appear complex and in need of attention can naturally resolve all on their own.
Oftentimes, a general dentist practitioner’s exam can be a good indicator, but we specialize in orthodontic treatment and would be happy to perform an exam to let you know the best treatments for your child.
A visual inspection isn’t always accurate; however, below are a few clues that should make you consider allowing Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics to perform an exam.
Age is never a factor with Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics. If a child shows any concern for orthodontics from early on all the way to adults needing orthodontic care, we strive to serve anyone in need of orthodontic treatment.
It's recommended and highly beneficial for children, seven years of age, be evaluated to detect problems early.
Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics takes advantage of the most modernly improved methods and treatments.
Today, most options may inflict a little discomfort when getting used to the new appliance inside your mouth, but most treatments do not require painful methods.
Yes, sometimes the missing tooth can cause additional issues. To prevent it, we can still perform treatments for maximum results.
Interceptive Treatment, or frequently known as Phase I, often starts when a child has most baby teeth and their permanent incisors. This usually occurs in children around seven years of age.
The number one goal in Phase I treatment is to reduce or eliminate moderate to severe orthodontic problems early on by intercepting the potential issues. Phase II generally occurs in children around 12 years of age who have at least 12-16 permanent teeth erupted to perform treatments.
Not at all. Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics only performs Phase I treatments in specific circumstances.
Most orthodontic treatments can and should wait until the child has more permanent teeth.
Leaver & Gardner Orthodontics strongly recommend you do not wait.
When the issues require early intervention, the problem will get worse as the child ages, which in turn will require additional and more aggressive treatment.
Each patient and each circumstance varies. Treatments could be completed in as little as six months or over two years.
We offer many different types of braces, including traditional wire braces, which can be customized with colored bands for more color.
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