Orthodontic Treatment Options for Children and Teens
There are a number of orthodontic appliances and types of braces available for your child. Depending on what adjustments need to be made, your preferences, and the doctor’s diagnosis, Dr. Bradford will customize the best treatment plan for your child.
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Benefits of adolescent treatment include:
Reduces the possibility of removing permanent teeth in order to correct overcrowding
Lowers the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth and other malpositioned teeth
Guides jaw growth and permanent teeth into more favorable positions
Manages crowding and spacing problems
Corrects harmful habits
Improves appearance and self-esteem
Space maintainers keep the correct spacing in the tooth formation of a child. This helps ensure that permanent teeth will erupt normally as the child grows.
Palate expanders are ideal for correcting crossbites, impacted teeth, narrow palates, asymmetrical jaws, and crowded teeth at an early age.
Functional or Herbst Appliance
Dr.Bradford and associates want all growing patients to benefit from smile and jaw enhancement. Non growing patients may require surgical orthodontic treatment to enhance jaw alignment. Functional appliances are utilized in growing patients to aid in the correction of jaw growth discrepancies. Functional appliances can be used to enhance growth in the desired direction and create a more favorable relationship between the upper and lower jaws.