Children’s Orthodontic Care At RTO

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Starting Early Has Its Benefits

Your Child’s First Orthodontic Evaluation

RTO orthodontists agree with the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) which recommends that every child see an orthodontist around the age of 7. Why so early? Because around age 7 the first adult molars typically erupt, helping to define a patient’s back bite and allowing the orthodontist to more effectively evaluate the bite. Treatment at this age may not be necessary, but orthodontic monitoring can help anticipate the ideal timeline for the most effective treatment and also help to prevent more serious problems in the future. In some cases, an orthodontic concern may require an earlier orthodontic consultation.

Some results of effective early orthodontic treatment:

  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Creating space for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Reducing the risk of injury to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving needed space for permanent teeth
  • Reducing future orthodontic treatment time
"My daughter and I were just there in the Lowell office Monday for her to get her braces put on. She was a little nervous so every time they went to go put a piece on to her teeth she would start to hum kind of like a song. The staff knew she was nervous and told her she was the first one to give them a song while they did the braces and she was no longer nervous. They do great with her. Now she can't wait to get the rest of the braces put on. Definitely take your children here if they need braces. They'll do great work, love them."

Reichheld Ting Orthodontics is an Invisalign provider to children seven years old and older.

Interceptive (Early) Orthodontic Care

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Orthodontic treatment improves children’s dental and overall long-term health by correcting malocclusions that occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions (crooked/misaligned teeth or a “poor bite”) can result in a variety of problems. A few examples of what can go wrong are:

  • Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
  • Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
  • Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
  • Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.

Finding and identifying problems with your child’s developing teeth and jaw at this early stage can eliminate the need for more serious (and costly) treatment later in life.

Advantages Of Interceptive Care

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces later on
  • Increase self-esteem at a fragile and impressionable age

How Does Interceptive Care Work?

Treatment occurs during a young child’s active growth years, before skeletal problems are firmly set. Treatment plans are designed to guide and enhance a child’s own natural growth to establish proper upper and lower jaw development. An upper or lower jaw that is growing too much or not enough or is too wide or too narrow can be discovered when a child is very young. Because they are growing rapidly, children can benefit enormously from orthopedic (“bone” correction) orthodontic treatment.

Early childhood is also an ideal time to treat aesthetic concerns that may have an impact on a young child’s self-esteem. Interceptive Care rarely extends longer than 12 months.

What Comes Next?

After interceptive care, when most of the permanent teeth have erupted, braces are employed to complete the alignment of both the jaws and permanent teeth for proper function and excellent aesthetics. This phase may last 6 to 24 months depending on the child’s growth and development and the complexity of the treatment.

Introducing Invisalign® First

Invisalign® now offers aligners for designed with features specifically for younger patients with a mixture of primary/baby and permanent teeth. Invisalign First treatment includes the same proven technology, comfort, and convenience, making it possible for doctors to deliver the outcomes Invisalign providers and patients have come to expect from Invisalign clear aligners.

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