The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children should have an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. An experienced Stone Mountain kids’ orthodontist, like Dr. Davis, 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 early treatment orthodontic procedure Dr. Davis may recommend for your child is space maintainers.
The loss of your child’s baby tooth before the adult tooth has fully developed affects the teeth around it as well as the alignment of the adult tooth. Ensuring that the tooth grows in its proper position is important. The other teeth have to be held in place, which can be done effectively by our Stone Mountain kids’ orthodontist with space maintainers. Space maintainers are a combination of elastics and bands that keep the surrounding teeth in their proper positions. Space maintainers placed immediately after the loss of the baby tooth protect against further dental problems. A number of orthodontic issues can occur because of the loss of an underdeveloped baby tooth. Moreover, the growth of the tooth in the proper place is essential and space maintainers make it possible. Keeping the space maintainers clean is important or else decay can accumulate under the appliance. Your child will have to keep the space maintainers on until the tooth is properly in place since there is the risk of the new tooth growing in the wrong place.
It’s inevitable that, as your child grows, they will begin to lose their baby teeth. If the loss of these teeth happens prematurely, space maintainers can ensure the form and function of their teeth evolve properly. Early treatment can also result in less expensive, and potentially faster, treatment. It also helps reduce potential risks in the future. 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 Stone Mountain kids’ orthodontist to evaluate their dental health. Let that orthodontist be Dr. Davis at Davis family orthodontics, where our comprehensive team ensures that your child has a warm and friendly experience in a fun filled atmosphere.