A malocclusion is a condition that refers to the improper formation of teeth. Our orthodontists can determine the likelihood of a young patient developing some type of bad bite, crowding and other issues with the alignment of the teeth. Our experts are trained to predict the formation of jaw structure and gums that ultimately influences the eruption of permanent teeth. From there, they can review all of the options regarding braces for kids.
When is the Right Time for Kids to Get Braces?
Young children who still have milk teeth are usually not good candidates for orthodontic treatment. Braces are typically installed only on permanent teeth that have fully erupted. However, our orthodontist might be able to analyze the eruption of teeth that are likely to be classified as a malocclusion case. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to manipulate the formation of jaw bones and other tissues in the mouth. It’s also difficult to manipulate the positions of teeth buds that are found deep in the gums. Fortunately, braces for kids exist to correct the problems that can occur after the adult teeth have come in.
Initial Stages of Braces
Before orthodontic braces can be installed on the teeth of a child, some extractions might have to be done. For example, crowding can only be fixed once some teeth are removed in order to create enough space for other teeth. Canines and premolars are usually extracted before braces are set up on incisors and molars. Brackets, arch wires, coil springs and ligaments are the most common components of braces. These small, metallic parts exert enough tension and force to gradually move permanent teeth into desirable positions.
Types of Braces for Kids
During a consultation at our office, you can learn about the different types of braces for kids. Many kids like being able to customize their treatment based on their personality. For example, your child can choose which color they desire. This helps to make orthodontic treatment fun for the child.
Other children may desire a more discreet option. The braces for kids can be made in such a way that minimizes appearance, making them blend in more with the rest of the teeth.
To get all the facts about braces for kids, including whether or not your child needs braces in the first place, make an appointment at Petty, Bielik & Burke Orthodontics, with offices in Frankfort and Oak Lawn. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation!