Our experienced Woodside pediatric orthodontist at the office of Rekha Gehani, DDS can clearly see by age seven whether developmental issues can turn into problems. Early detection of common orthodontic problems such as crowding, premature loss of baby teeth, cross bites, or many other unfavorable developmental issues can lead to the implementation of the most appropriate treatment, which can result in a shorter course of therapy, and is less painful for the patient. One orthodontic procedure we may recommend for your child is pediatric braces.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age seven. At this early age, orthodontic treatment or braces may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. During your child’s initial visit with our Woodside pediatric orthodontist, they will receive a clinical examination to determine whether orthodontic treatment is necessary. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches, and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain. The most popular form of orthodontics that we provide for our patients is traditional braces. These pediatric braces include metal brackets and wires. Brackets are placed on the teeth using bonding technology, and then arch wires are threaded through these brackets. The tension and tightness of these wires determines the individual movement of each tooth, and by making adjustment to the pressure at follow-up visits, your kids’ orthodontist can control the slow movement of the teeth until the malocclusion is corrected. They come in clear and a variety of fun colors and materials. Braces may be worn not only to improve the attractiveness of their smile, but also because braces correct improper alignment of teeth that can lead to gum disease and early tooth loss.
If your child has reached the age of seven, or has already begun losing baby teeth but their corresponding adult teeth haven’t arrived, it’s time you find a Woodside pediatric orthodontist to evaluate their dental health. Let that orthodontist be Rekha Gehani, DDS, where our comprehensive team ensures that your child has a warm and friendly experience in a fun filled atmosphere the entire time we care for their pediatric braces.