Orthodontics & Space Maintenance

Laying the Groundwork for a Beautiful Smile

Orthodontics refers to strategies used to align smiles. When most people think about straight teeth, they’re picturing the cosmetic effects. However, the impact of a misaligned bite extends beyond appearance.

To help your child develop a beautiful and healthy smile in adulthood, Dr. Haman uses various techniques to encourage proper alignment. Treatment can start as early as 7-years old, but we treat children and teens of all ages using space maintenance techniques, braces, and Invisalign Teen.

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Why Your Child’s Bite Matters

It’s a common misconception that having straight teeth is merely for cosmetic value. While it is true that an aligned smile can have a positive impact on appearance, it also improves the function of your child’s teeth.

Teeth that are misaligned wear unevenly, due to uneven distribution of pressure. Crooked teeth that overlap also present a challenge when it comes to flossing.

It’s also worth mentioning that there’s no harm in desiring a straighter smile for cosmetic reasons. If your child feels confident in their smile, that can certainly give them a boost.

Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment & Space Maintenance

Phase 1 orthodontics refers to the techniques we use early in your child’s life to guide where his or her baby teeth will eventually grow in.

If you take a proactive approach to orthodontics early in your son or daughter’s life, there’s a good chance you will be rewarded in the future. You could save yourself and your child a lot of hassle and money.

In our office, every check-up includes an evaluation of the jaw and teeth, so that we can monitor their position and take action as needed.

Space Maintenance

During your child’s checkup, Dr. Haman may recommend that your child undergoes different methods for space maintenance, which we use when children’s mouths are simply too small for their adult teeth.

Some of the methods we use for space maintenance include:

  • Palatal Expander: A device that expands the upper dental arch.
  • Spacers: Tools used to reserve space in the mouth when a tooth falls out earlier than is ideal.
  • Tooth Removal: Sometimes, we can strategically remove baby teeth in order to prevent adult teeth from becoming impacted or crowded.

Phase 2 Orthodontic Treatment

Phase 2 orthodontic treatment usually refers to treatment with braces or Invisalign Teen. Usually, the braces go on the top and bottom teeth and your child will need to wear them for a specific amount of time that your orthodontist will decide based on your child’s unique case. Here’s a look at the treatment options:

Braces: Braces refer to a set of metal brackets that are attached to your child’s teeth with a special adhesive. Then, a wire is attached to the brackets using small rubber bands and metal bands on the back molars. Over time, this encourages teeth to shift into proper alignment.

Invisalign Teen: Invisalign treatment uses a series of invisible aligners that your child wears as often as possible. This treatment offers many benefits over braces, including that you can remove the trays to eat and to clean teeth. They’re also very hard to see when they’re on the teeth, and since they don’t have wires or brackets, they tend to be more comfortable. Since wearing Invisalign trays requires self-discipline, it is usually only used on mature teenagers who can be trusted to comply with treatment.

How Old Should Your Child be When They Begin an Orthodontic Treatment Plan?

Phase 1 orthodontic treatment can begin as early as 7 years old, but we treat children of all ages.

Most often, 7-year-olds’ front teeth are visible, as well as their first set of molars, which are sometimes referred to as “six-year-molars.” This is often enough for Dr. Haman to begin a phase-1 treatment plan.

Phase 2 treatment can start when all of your child’s adult teeth have grown in. In many cases, parents who brought their son or daughter in for phase 1 treatment really see the benefits during phase 2.  Being can result in shorter treatment times with braces, avoiding surgeries and extractions, and in many cases, avoiding the need for phase 2 altogether!

Hear from One of Our Past Patients

We’ve received many kind reviews from parents who’ve been happy with their son or daughter’s treatment. Here’s what Nico’s mom had to say after treatment:

Dr. Haman With NicoSo in just less than one year, Nico has beautiful, straight teeth AND he passed Dr. Haman in height! Lol. 2 kids done with braces with the help of Discovery Kids, 1 to go!

Love this place! Call Dr. Haman’s office for pediatric dentistry or orthodontics! We’ve been coming here for 10 years—They are the best!!

~Kimberly C.

Contact Us for a Free Orthodontic Consultation

When you’re ready to get your child started with our orthodontic services, contact us online or by calling 719-596-6920.