We enjoy working with all of our young patients and understand that they have different requirements when seeing the dentist. We try not to push children so they end up nervous about the dentist’s office. We want for their visit to to be as fun and comfortable as possible, and for them to nurture life-long relationships with the dentist’s office.
The Doctors encourage parents of small children to take them along to the parent’s scheduled dental visit so the little one can easily see what goes on during the visit, and become acquainted with our team and office.
We also suggest that the little one’s very first visit be between 24 months and 3 years of age. At that age we can begin to keep track of the growth and progression of their mouth and teeth.
Pre-School Orthodontics Dental Checkup
Many young parents of today didn’t have braces when they were growing up. Actually, if they saw an orthodontist it was because their teeth were embarrassingly crooked and out of line. Some families did not have sufficient funds for braces. However, most of the time it was because their parents did not think that their teeth were bad enough for orthodontic treatment, and their dentist did not raise the issue unless the mom or dad inquired about braces. Back then, if your teeth were overcrowded dentists simply removed a few adult teeth. Of course, in hindsight, we figured out that doing so was a disaster in the making. Only within the last decade or so did we become aware of the chronic oral health effects of misaligned teeth . Orthodontic dentistry is not just for making a teenager’s teeth look perfectly aligned and pretty anymore. Now, they deal with so much more. Malocclusion or misalignment can induce full-blown migraines or major headaches. A misaligned bite may produce vertigo (dizziness). Teeth that seem to be totally healthy can start to crack and wear away, which produces a ragged-edged smile.
Starting orthodontic treatment brings about a variety of real benefits for children who are a lot younger. They typically won’t be forced to wear braces for too long during the awkward adolescent years. Besides, it is a lot easier to widen the palate and allow room for all of the adult teeth to be able to show up. In most of those cases, these children will not get braces. However, they will have their palates adjusted using an appliance. This will make their arches wider, providing space in their mouth for all of the child’s adult teeth to properly grow. Dr. Motaref has fostered relationships with a number of esteemed orthodontists in the area and can provide you and your child with a referral to an orthodontist should an exam reveal lopsided or crowded teeth, or problems involving the palate. We can guide you with choosing the best orthodontist that understands the requirements and disposition of your child.
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