Orthodontics for All Ages
Kids' dental services are an essential part of ensuring your child achieves a beautiful, healthy smile. In some cases, our dentists may recommend orthodontics to help correct bite issues or teeth that are crowded or not straight.
Dr. Christopher Chau is an experienced orthodontist in Corona. We understand orthodontics and development can raise a lot of questions. Our goal is to keep you informed and aware of the issues we treat, the types of orthodontics we offer, and when your child should get started.
What Orthodontic Issues Do You Treat?
The orthodontic issues your child can face vary and may include crooked, rotated, or crowded teeth and bite problems like overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
Regardless of the issues your child may be experiencing, Dr. Chau is an experienced orthodontist who will prescribe the proper orthodontic treatment and enable your child to enjoy a straight, beautiful smile for the rest of their lives.
When Does My Child Need an Orthodontic Evaluation?
According to the American Association of Orthodontics, children should receive an orthodontic screening by the time they reach age seven.
At this stage, the jaws and teeth have typically developed sufficiently to allow our Corona orthodontists to determine whether any serious bite problems are present.
Phase I Orthodontic Treatment
But don't worry; an early orthodontic evaluation doesn't necessarily mean your child will need braces! Interceptive orthodontics is an early treatment phase for younger kids whose teeth or jaws have functional issues. The purpose is to determine if your child can benefit from Phase I orthodontic treatment to create more space in their jaw for adult teeth to erupt normally.
Problems that Dr. Chau looks for during this evaluation are jaw growth issues, alignment concerns, and bite problems like overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
Phase I Orthodontic Appliances
Some of the orthodontic appliances we may prescribe during Phase I treatment are space maintainers, jaw expanders, and headgear. Our orthodontist may also recommend removing some baby teeth to create space in their jaw for adult teeth.
A significant benefit of Phase I orthodontics is that, in many cases, they simplify and shorten treatment times. If we don't see the need for treatment at this age, we will continue to monitor your child's jaw growth and the eruption of permanent teeth.
Phase II Comprehensive Orthodontics
Once all your child's permanent teeth have erupted, we can begin comprehensive orthodontic treatment, typically between ages 12 and 14. At this stage, Dr. Chau will address and treat all existing orthodontic problems.
Most children and adolescents who need comprehensive orthodontics require traditional braces on all of their permanent teeth. Treatment times vary depending on each child's unique needs but average between 18-24 months.
What Types of Orthodontics Do You Offer?
Orthodontic appliances may be made of plastic, ceramic, or metal. Although most people are familiar with traditional braces bonded to the teeth, many other options are available, including removable braces.
Removable clear aligners like Invisalign offer several advantages, including the ability to eat without dental devices in their mouths. By using a gentle, constant force in a carefully controlled direction, orthodontic appliances can help move the teeth slowly into the proper position.
What Do Modern Braces Look Like?
Modern orthodontics can provide an array of options to help your child achieve a beautiful smile. In some instances, you may even be able to choose the color of your orthodontic appliances.
Wires are also much less noticeable than in the past, providing patients with increased self-confidence while undergoing treatment. Additionally, the latest technologies have made it possible to move teeth into the correct position much faster and more comfortably.
How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?
When patients and their families consult an orthodontist, the question they ask most often is how long treatment will last. It is crucial to understand that treatment times can vary considerably from one child to another, depending on their unique situation.
Typically, orthodontic treatment times are between 1-3 years. Factors that may affect the duration of treatment include age, the severity of the problem, and the treatment method used. One of the most critical factors affecting the length is how conscientious patients are about following their treatment plans.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Orthodontist
Before starting your child's orthodontic care in Corona, Dr. Chau will discuss all available options and offer an estimate regarding the length of comprehensive treatment. Please contact our Corona dental office to schedule an appointment and learn more about orthodontics and the various treatments we offer.