20 Mar All about Orthodontics without Braces for Children
3 out of 4 children have crowded teeth, overlapping upper teeth, or badly developing jaws. These problems are obvious at age 3. Research has shown that soft tissue dysfunction such as mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing, and thumb sucking are the real causes of incorrect jaw development, crowded teeth, and orthodontic problems.
We at Dental Wellness Group evaluate children from age 3, looking for the causes of crooked teeth and suggesting treatment right away. We are correcting the wrong position of teeth at an early age, preventing future dental health problems like plaque, loss of teeth, or recurring pain.
In many cases, the child does not have to wear braces. We may recommend special orthodontic appliances that will straighten the teeth and correct the bite without braces. If your child has a misaligned bite (malocclusion), slightly crooked teeth due to minor overcrowding, underdeveloped palate, or narrow upper jaw, orthodontic appliances can help these conditions. Our appliances make oral care easier. We offer specialized orthodontic appliances designed to correct an overbite, underbite, excess overjet, rotation, crowding, and spacing issues, as well as to align the joints for TMJ treatment.
The functional appliances work by altering the position of the mandible/maxilla, using the muscle action to create orthodontic or orthopaedic forces. The process can redirect the jaw, correct teeth alignment and bite, train the lips and tongue function correctly.
What are the Benefits of Functional Orthodontic Appliances?
- Minimal tooth damage
- Removable, so the kid can eat, brush teeth, and floss without any hassle.
- Easy to handle and clean, which is important in children’s case
- Smooth, comfortable appliances, rather than sharp metal that may irritate the teeth and gums
- Wear for only 1-2 hours per day and while sleeping
- Shorter treatment time than traditional braces
At our Dental Wellness Group office, we offer convenient, simple orthodontic treatments without braces to straighten the teeth quickly and easy.