Do you think your child might need orthodontic treatment beyond traditional early orthodontic treatment? If so, the professionals at Douglas L. Park, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry are here to help you and your family. Perhaps, as you begin the journey, you might be remembering your trials and tribulations with braces when you were young. However, many amazing advancements have been made over the last several years. Today, braces are more durable, comfortable, stylish, and light weight.
When you come in Dr. Park will present you with various options depending on your child's needs. We may recommend an orthodontic appliance or braces. For braces, your child will be able to choose from a variety of fun colors, and fully customize their braces and elastic bands. We will do everything we can to make sure your child is happier with the appearance of their smile!
Why Are Braces or Orthodontic Treatment Necessary?
Dr. Park might suggest orthodontic treatment when your child's bite is misaligned (malocclusion) or their teeth are crooked or overlapping. In some, less common cases, these issues may develop because of:
|Traumatic injury to the jaw
|Tumors (extremely rare)
|Improper dental care
|Impacted or unusually shaped teeth
While getting braces might seem daunting, it is important to remember that orthodontic treatment is an investment in your child’s future.
Helping Your Child Take Care of Their Braces
Braces can be hard to take care of, especially for children. You may need to adjust your routine to accommodate braces. The process of flossing and brushing is much more complicated.
Here are the tools you will need:
|A soft and thin-bristled toothbrush
|An oral irrigator
|Floss and a floss threader
We recommend that at first you should monitor and assist your child until they learn the proper oral hygiene techniques. We also suggest providing a travel toothbrush and toothpaste for them to take to school so that they can remove any food or particles that might get trapped in the wire during the day.
Call Us Today
We know that braces and orthodontic treatment can be a hassle, especially for children, but rest assured they will pay off in the long run. Properly aligned teeth are not just necessary for cosmetic reasons, but also for practical purposes as well. Straight teeth can help make it easier to chew, easier to maintain cleanliness and decrease periodontal problems. As your child enters adulthood, they will thank you for giving them a beautiful smile.
Schedule an appointment today by calling us at (503) 663-8141!