Top Three Questions Parents Ask About Orthodontics

When a parent brings a child to see our team, they are often full of questions that range from how to prevent cavities with nutrition to the cost and process of getting braces. Truman Orthodontics is committed to making every visit a positive experience and we always do our best to answer every question you may have.

We’ve compiled the top questions and answers about childhood orthodontic treatment here in one place for your convenience. We recognize these common Q&As may lead to even more questions, so please don’t hesitate to call us anytime to candidly discuss how orthodontics can help your family.

Top Questions – Las Vegas Childhood Orthodontics

What are the benefits of childhood orthodontics?
The biggest goal with childhood orthodontics is prevention. We help make sure a “bad bite” (when the top and bottom teeth don’t fit together well) or crooked teeth don’t turn into a problem as the child grows. We do this by straightening teeth and making sure there is room for permanent teeth to grow in properly. We also teach the child proper oral hygiene which will be important throughout their life.

Can baby teeth cause my child problems?
Part of our process is to make sure there is adequate room for adult teeth to form. When baby molar teeth (the larger teeth in the back of the mouth) are lost we sometimes need to help hold that space for the big teeth that are forming under the gum line. We do this with an orthodontic fixed wire device that holds the space until the new tooth emerges. Sometimes baby teeth even need to be extracted when the mouth is too crowded, which can cause an impaction. An impaction is when the new tooth forms under the surface but there’s nowhere for it to emerge. This process ensures a beautiful healthy smile. With modern dentistry, this is something every adult can achieve – which is why childhood orthodontics is so important.

How will braces impact my child’s ability to do “normal” activities?
Kids can play sports with a full set of braces. We recommend a high-end protective mouth guard no matter the activity. If the child wants to join band, playing wind or brass instruments takes a little adjusting – but it shouldn’t inhibit their ability to play. Generally, braces don’t stop a child from doing what they do best – being a kid.

Las Vegas Orthodontics – Find the Best Dentist

Establishing a strong relationship with a clinically trained orthodontist that specializes in the treatment of children will set your child up for a lifetime of good oral hygiene. Oral hygiene is critical to the overall health and function of the body, and we believe an attractive smile helps adults in our society in all kinds of ways. As a parent, you’re probably worried about all of these things. But we know from experience, your child is more concerned with the office visit and the medical procedures we provide. Parents choose Truman Orthodontics because we provide the best dental treatment in a state-of-the-art clinical setting. But kids like Truman Orthodontics because we offer gentle dental treatment in a fun office setting that helps overcome any fears they have about coming to see us.

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