Pediatric Orthodontics

At Schwed Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we believe that every child deserves a confident and healthy smile. Pediatric orthodontics is the key to achieving just that. Our dedicated team is passionate about helping children overcome alignment issues and providing them with a lifetime of benefits from orthodontic treatment.

The Benefits of Pediatric Orthodontics:

  1. Enhanced Aesthetics: A beautifully aligned smile not only boosts your child’s confidence but also contributes to their overall appearance.
  2. Improved Oral Health: Straight teeth are easier to clean and maintain, reducing the risk of cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues.
  3. Optimal Jaw Function: Correcting alignment issues can enhance your child’s bite and jaw function, preventing discomfort and potential future problems.
  4. Speech and Pronunciation: Orthodontic treatment can improve speech and pronunciation in children with alignment issues, promoting clear communication.

Different Types of Pediatric Orthodontic Treatments:

  • Clear Aligners Treatment for Children: Candid clear aligners are a discreet and convenient option for older children and teenagers. They offer the benefits of orthodontic treatment without the visibility of traditional braces.
  • Early Intervention: Early orthodontic evaluation and treatment, when needed, can help address alignment issues before they become more severe, potentially reducing the complexity of treatment in the future.

Why Early Intervention Matters:

Early evaluation by a pediatric orthodontist can make a significant difference in your child’s oral health and overall well-being. Here’s why:

  1. Preventive Care: Identifying alignment issues early allows for proactive measures to prevent more severe problems later on.
  2. Maximize Growth Potential: Early orthodontic treatment takes advantage of your child’s growth and development to achieve optimal results.
  3. Improved Confidence: Addressing alignment issues early can boost your child’s self-esteem by giving them a beautiful and confident smile during crucial developmental years.

Our Approach:

At Schwed Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we take a professional and enthusiastic approach to pediatric orthodontics. Our experienced team is committed to delivering personalized care that meets your child’s unique needs. We understand the importance of an encouraging and positive experience throughout their orthodontic journey.

Unlock your child’s potential for a confident, healthy, and radiant smile with pediatric orthodontics at Schwed Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. We’re here to guide your child toward a brighter dental future with clear aligner therapy.

Contact us today to schedule an orthodontic evaluation for your child and take the first step toward ensuring they enjoy a lifetime of straight teeth and enhanced oral health.

Clear Aligner Therapy in Pediatric Orthodontics

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Clear aligner therapy is revolutionizing pediatric orthodontics by offering a discreet, comfortable, and effective solution for correcting dental misalignments in children and teenagers. Unlike traditional braces, these clear, removable aligners provide an aesthetic and less invasive alternative for straightening teeth. This therapy involves a series of custom-made aligners, specifically designed to fit each child’s unique dental structure, gently moving teeth into their correct positions over time. Ideal for mild to moderate orthodontic issues, clear aligner therapy ensures minimal disruption to daily life while promoting oral health and boosting self-confidence. Its transparency and removability make it a preferred choice for young patients conscious about their appearance during orthodontic treatment.

Pediatric Orthodontics FAQ

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by age 7 to identify any potential issues early.

Childhood orthodontia refers to diagnosing and treating dental and facial irregularities in children, including the use of braces or other appliances to correct misaligned teeth and jaws.

Orthodontics can be categorized into preventive, interceptive (early treatment for children), and comprehensive (full treatment, usually for older children and teens).

Orthodontics is crucial for children as it corrects bite and alignment issues, which can improve oral health, prevent future dental problems, and enhance self-confidence.

Benefits include improved oral function, easier cleaning, prevention of future dental issues, and enhanced appearance and self-esteem.

Yes, clear aligners are effective for treating a variety of orthodontic issues including gapped teeth, overcrowded teeth, and various bite issues (overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite). They are suitable for mild to moderate cases​​​​​​.

Invisalign is a brand of clear aligners, known for being one of the first on the market. There are other brands like Spark, which offer similar benefits. The main difference lies in the material and availability; for example, Spark aligners use clearer plastic and are available only through orthodontists​​​​.

Treatment involves wearing a series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners that apply gentle pressure to move teeth into the desired position. Aligners are changed approximately every 7 to 10 days, and the total treatment duration varies based on individual needs​​​​.

Clear aligners should be worn for at least 20-22 hours per day to be effective. They should only be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing​​​.

Some disadvantages include the need for high compliance (wearing them as prescribed), potential for temporary discomfort during initial stages, and they might not be suitable for severe orthodontic issues which might require more traditional treatments​​​​​​.

While clear aligners can be used by patients of any age, they are typically recommended for teenagers and adults due to the higher degree of patient compliance required​​.

This depends on the severity of your orthodontic issues and personal preferences. Clear aligners are less noticeable and removable, making them a popular choice for those concerned about appearance. Braces might be more effective for complex cases​​.

 

The treatment time can vary depending on the individual case. For mild to moderate issues, clear aligners can be as quick or quicker than traditional braces. However, severe cases may require longer treatment times regardless of the method​​​​.

The cost factors in the custom manufacturing of the aligners, the materials used, and the professional oversight required. Prices have become more competitive, but they generally range between $3,500 and $5,000​​.

Yes, clear aligners should be worn while sleeping to ensure they are in place for the recommended 20-22 hours per day​​​​.

Eating with aligners can damage them and affect the treatment. They should be removed while eating and replaced after cleaning the teeth​​.

Skipping a day can hinder the progress of treatment. It’s important to wear them as prescribed, typically 20-22 hours a day​​.

Not wearing aligners for an extended period can significantly delay or even reverse the progress of treatment​​.

Visible results can vary, but some patients start noticing changes within a few weeks. The total duration of treatment depends on the individual case​​​​.

For mild to moderate orthodontic issues, clear aligners can be as effective as traditional braces. However, severe cases may be better treated with braces​​​​.

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