Pediatric Dentist, Cumming, GA 30041 - Dr. John Haffner
Pediatric Dentist, Cumming, GA 30041 - Dr. John Haffner
Pediatric Dentist, Cumming, GA 30041 - Dr. John Haffner
Pediatric Dentist - Dr. John Haffner
Dr. John Haffner

Childrenís Orthodontics

By the time your child is about 7 years old, it is important that they get an orthodontic evaluation. The orthodontist serves an integral role in laying the foundation for the shape of your childís smile. With the help of braces and other tools, the orthodontist ensures that a patient has a straight and aligned smile that will last throughout their lifetime.

Very few people are lucky enough to have teeth that grow in perfectly straight. For most of us though, it is completely normal for teeth to grow in crooked or impacted by other teeth. While this may not sound like a huge deal, these issues can actually become painful later on, especially when your wisdom teeth grow in.

More importantly though, everyone wants a straight, flawless smile and itís always easier to prepare for that at a young age than years down the road. That is precisely why the average age for braces and most orthodontic treatment is from ages 8-14. At this age, most kids have already lost most of their primary teeth and the mouth is still growing, allowing the shape of the gums and teeth to slowly change over time.

The First Visit

Taking your child to their first orthodontist visit is a much more hassle-free process than you might expect. Orthodontic care is long-term, meaning that braces are never installed until several appointments after the first visit.

With the first visit, most of the orthodontistís job is assessment. The doctor will simply look at your childís teeth to get important information about the shape and growth of their mouth. They might collect a simple dental impression or take x-rays, as well. In only a few minutes, the first step of orthodontic care is complete.

Fixing Bite Problems

The orthodontist doesnít only straighten teeth, but also corrects bite alignment problems. When the top and bottom teeth arenít aligned, it can result in difficulty chewing or even a variety of gum diseases. Some common bite problems include:

  • Crossbite: the top and bottom teeth are significantly askew from left to right.
  • Overjet: Sometimes called overbite by people, incisors (a childís upper front teeth) stick out much further than their bottom teeth. This can cause teeth to impact gum tissue more frequently.
  • Crowding: the shape of your teeth is commonly referred to as the dental arch. If too many teeth are growing next to each other, an orthodontist can use spacers to create more space in the jaw.
  • Underbite: bottom teeth stick out further than the incisors.
  • Open bite: the front teeth do not touch on the top and bottom when you close your jaw. This can make biting/chewing difficult and even make certain pronunciations difficult.

Orthodontists are the primary physicians responsible for fixing any of the problems above. Certainly, there are varying degrees of each of these problems, but they rarely need a formal diagnosis. Instead, your child may have 2-3 orthodontic issues that can be slowly resolved over time with braces.

Getting Braces

Braces are arguably the most important part of orthodontic care. While they may result in some temporary discomfort, many children actually look forward to getting braces as a sign of growing up.

Braces are cemented to the teeth with specialized adhesives that are designed to stay in place for years, if necessary. Each tooth is outfitted with a bracket and a final archwire links them all together. Small bands help secure the wire to each tooth and are available in a variety of colors so that kids can mix and match.

Depending on the severity of a childís orthodontic needs, they might be outfitted with different braces accessories:

  • Headgear: only to be worn at night, this device attaches to back teeth and fixes spacing issues. It slowly pulls the back teeth, allowing more room for front teeth to grow into place.
  • Power chains: additional rubber bands might be used to attach the top and bottom braces. This is designed to slowly pull the jaw into alignment, correcting overbites or underbites.

Orthodontic care varies significantly from one child to the next, but the average duration of braces is about 2 years. After that, your child might be outfitted with a permanent retainer on the back of their top or bottom teeth, which will provide a straight smile for a lifetime.

Visiting the orthodontist is a huge step for your child and their journey to a beautiful set of teeth. When you are looking for a childrenís orthodontist, make sure you pick the office with the most trusted reputation in your area. Let All Stars Pediatric Dentistry help with any of your orthodontic needs!

Call us today at (770) 292-9441 to for more information.

Dr. John Haffner

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