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Orthodontics – Early Orthodontic Treatment for Your Child


A child waiting for the dentist at Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry in Rogers, ARAt Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry, we pride ourselves in offering you the best pediatric care to help resolve various dental problems affecting your child. Among the several dental solutions, we offer to include orthodontic services, which help to correct teeth and jaw malposition problems. With pediatric orthodontics, these problems are easily treated while your child’s teeth are still developing, thus allowing for better and faster results.

Causes of Orthodontic Problems in Kids


Common orthodontic problems that affect kids include overcrowding of teeth, open bite, overbite, underbite, large teeth gaps, jaw growth problems, and protruding teeth. These problems can be caused by some issues, including:
•  Early loss of baby teeth –
•  early loss of a baby tooth can occur due to tooth decay or a knocked out tooth. The early loss leaves a space that can take several months of some few years to be replaced by the permanent teeth. Unfortunately, during this period, your child's other teeth will still be growing and will start shifting their position to fill the space left. When the permanent teeth finally start, the improper positioning can lead to overcrowding. We offer space maintainers to help resolve this issue.
•  Mouth injuries –
•  mouth injuries can affect the position of the teeth, or even cause damage to the jaw. This can lead to teeth and jaw growth problems.
•  Thumb sucking habit –
•  your childs thumb sucking can seem adorable, but it could lead to several dental problems. If not stopped, the thumb sucking can force the teeth to tip forward as they are developing, leading to several bite problems –
•  open bite, crossbite, and deep overbite.

Importance of Pediatric Orthodontic Treatment


Pediatric orthodontics allows for the early treatment of orthodontic problems before the permanent teeth can emerge. Therefore, any teeth and jaw alignment problems are fixed early enough, which helps to ensure that the permanent teeth develop perfectly without any issues. Also, since these problems occur while the teeth and jawbone are still growing, early orthodontic treatment is easier, faster, and thus less expensive.

Types of Orthodontic Solutions


We offer a wide range of solutions to help fix your child’s orthodontic problems. Some of the most common ones include:
•  Braces. Braces can fix several of your childs teeth alignment problems by shifting the teeth into their perfect position. There are several types of braces that are available, such as metal braces, self-ligating braces, and ceramic braces.
•  Retainers. Retainers are used to hold the teeth in place after the removal of braces until the gums, and the jawbones grow used to the new position. Two types of retainers are available, fixed and removable retainers.
•  Invisalign Treatment. Braces and retainers can be embarrassing for your kids, especially the traditional metal braces that do not leave much to be desired. The result of this can be low self-confidence when in social situations. Luckily, there is an alternative in the form of Invisalign Treatment, which involves the use of clear and stylish aligners. These aligners are also more comfortable, which makes the alignment process more stress-free for your child.

At Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry, we offer leading orthodontics solutions that can fix your child’s teeth and jaw alignment problems and restore a perfect oral structure. Call us today at 470-876-8883 for any questions you might have about pediatric orthodontics.

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