Early Treatment of Kids
Early orthodontic treatment is preventative and can help avoid future serious issues.
When to Visit
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children be evaluated by an Orthodontic Specialist by age 7. We know what you’re thinking - that’s sort of young and my child still has baby teeth?! You’re right, and the hope is that the majority of kids don’t need braces until around 11-14.
However, it is very important for children to see an Orthodontic Specialist around age 7 to make sure there isn’t any dangerous teeth situations or traumatic bite or jaw issues, like severe crowding, cross bites, or underbites. These could be harmful for a child to grow and develop with and make things difficult to correct at a later age. Sometimes tooth extractions or surgery could have been avoided if caught and addressed early while bones are still growing. With the hope of setting every child up for success down the road, it really is beneficial to have our PDGO orthodontists take a quick peek to make sure your little one is on a healthy and safe path.
MOST children do not need early intervention and are ready to join our PDGO Observation Program and have their growth and development monitored every 6-12 months, or when they visit PDGO for their routine dental cleaning.
You might consider bringing your child to us for early prevention if:
- They have trouble breaking a thumb-sucking habit
- A speech impediment exists
- Your child’s jaw comes together in an abnormal way when they bite
- Your child’s teeth do not come together, or do so in an irregular manner
- There is an issue with breathing
- Teeth protrude from the upper or lower jaw
- Your child has problems with chewing and biting
- Your child loses their baby teeth too early or too late
Early Orthodontics for Children
From your initial consult, we will explain if there would be any benefit to performing early treatment, or Phase I orthodontics. Phase I treatment is mainly aimed at improving major bite issues, severe crowding or spacing, or any social concerns that your child may have. Phase I treatment typically lasts around one year and the goal is to set your child up for an easier and more successful round of comprehensive treatment in the future.
Phase I treatment typically consists of limited braces or appliances, like an expander. After Phase I treatment is complete, your child will enter into our PDGO Observation Program so we can monitor continued growth and development until all permanent teeth are erupted and ready for complete correction in Phase II treatment.
Our PDGO Observation Program allows us to spot problems early, which often means that your child can avoid more complicated and lengthy treatment later.
Why keep a close eye on your youngster?
- Monitoring Baby and Adult Teeth: Our doctors will keep track of lost baby teeth and erupting adult teeth at each observation visit. If baby teeth aren’t falling out when they should or if permanent teeth are erupting in the wrong way, we will recommend the best way to address any problems to keep your child’s bite as healthy as possible.
- Planning Future Treatment: During pre-orthodontic observation, we will consult with you regarding your child’s future treatment. You can work together with our orthodontists to plan the optimal time to begin treatment.
- Ideal Timing: By starting with pre-orthodontic observation early, you gain much more control over how and when your child gets braces. This ensures that the braces aren’t worn for longer than necessary.
- Oral Health: Routine evaluation of the jaws and tissue is helpful in determining the presence of any harmful pathology.
Teens and Adults
By straightening your teeth with one of our esthetic treatment options, you can gain a more attractive
smile and a life-altering confidence.
Let PDGO Improve Your Smile
Orthodontics is not just for little kids
Although orthodontic problems are best treated during childhood, it’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted! Many adolescents and young adults choose to receive orthodontic treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. A great smile improves your overall confidence and studies have found it can boost success in school and the workforce!
Benefits Of Adult Orthodontic Treatments
Confidence starts here
Treatment with Invisalign, clear braces or metal braces can improve overall health and increase self-esteem. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and reduce excessive wear problems. If you want to really brighten your smile, we even offer teeth whitening at the end of your treatment!
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. This is to make sure there isn’t any dangerous teeth situations or traumatic bite or jaw issues that could be harmful for a child to grow with. Hopefully your child doesn’t need any orthodontic treatment until all their permanent teeth are erupted, around age 11-14.
We believe your smile deserves a specialist! Orthodontic specialists completed an extra 2-3 years of specialized residency beyond dental school to train specifically in tooth movement and facial development. Orthodontic specialists have specific and extensive knowledge in growth and development that enables them to provide patients with safe, professional, and personalized treatments. Rest assured, all our orthodontists at PDGO are specialists!
Many people seek orthodontic care to achieve the smile and confidence they’ve always desired. But you may not know, there are some pretty significant health benefits too! Straightening crooked teeth creates a healthy bite, making it easier for you to clean, chew, and even speak. Taking action to get your teeth and bite in shape can prevent more serious dental issues later in life.
Unfortunately, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.
Generally, braces do not "hurt." After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil or Tylenol can help ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel much soreness at all!
Treatment time obviously depends on each patient's specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 24 months. Yours could be a little shorter or longer depending on the nature of the issue.
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs. Most patients will be seen every 6 to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more or less frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
Yes, and we will recommend a specific mouth guard for your particular sport!
Absolutely! Routine checkups with your dentist are important while in braces to be certain that your teeth and gums are staying healthy.
Yep! Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.
At PDGO, we are able to correct similar orthodontic problems with both Invisalign and braces! We will be happy to talk through the benefits and differences you can expect from Invisalign treatment and determine which is best for you! Check out our Invisalign FAQs to learn more.