Most of the milk teeth are supposed to fall out at approximately age 10. The development and loss of baby teeth ultimately impact the eruption and settlement of permanent teeth. For example, the buds that are embedded deep in the gums and tissue respond to the conditions of primary teeth. Although young kids aren’t necessarily candidates for orthodontic treatment, they could still receive some important adjustments. Space maintainers are simple appliances that are temporarily installed in between teeth. These devices are engineered to maintain a space for the eruption of a future permanent tooth. In some cases, it’s possible for the space maintainers to be set up between some milk teeth and permanent teeth that have partially erupted. Our orthodontist knows exactly how to monitor the development of the upper and lower dental arches in pediatric cases. She also understands the dynamic nature of the jaw anatomy, which plays a key role in providing support for the teeth in the long-term.
Initial Phases of Treatment
Under ideal conditions, a patient in the early teens should have the central and lateral incisors fully erupted. Additionally, the canines (cuspids) should also be fully visible before any orthodontic manipulation can begin. Since they are relatively thick and irregularly shaped, the premolars and molars usually cause the most problems in terms of malocclusion. It might be necessary to remove some of these teeth that are typically blamed for crowding or other misalignment. Our orthodontist won’t rush to install braces and other hardware in a mouth that’s still sore and vulnerable to infections.
Before anything is installed on permanent teeth, some X-rays must be done to precisely evaluate the severity of a malocclusion. Our orthodontist might perform other tests that provide various views of the teeth. These scans are particularly useful for estimating and predicting the movement of permanent teeth in a teenager’s dental arches. The ultimate goal of pediatric orthodontic treatment is to align the upper and lower teeth.
Braces, Hardware and Invisible Aligners
Metallic braces for teenagers are available in a variety of cool colors that make the whole treatment much more fun. Instead of being ashamed to wear braces, children could proudly show off some interesting color combinations to friends and family members. Teens also have the option of wearing invisible aligners, which are removable and washable.