Early Intervention Orthodontics in West Edmonton
Also called, Interceptive Orthodontics, we use this process to help guide newly emerging teeth into position and to correct any bite irregularities before they become a significant problem.
At Donsdale Dental, we offer a wide range of early orthodontic treatments to help correct issues like thumb sucking, open bites, crossbites, crowding and underdeveloped jaws in children that may not be old enough for traditional orthodontic treatment.
Sometimes a child may lose a tooth too soon due to trauma, dental disease, or congenital reasons. If a tooth is lost too early, a space maintainer may be required to prevent further space loss and minimize future orthodontic issues.
What Are Space Maintainers?
We use space maintainers to maintain the space from the lost tooth. This appliance is used to stabilize the surrounding teeth and prevent the adjacent teeth from drifting into the area of the lost tooth.
Space maintainers are appliances made of metal that are custom-fit to your child’s mouth. They are small and unobtrusive, and most children adjust quickly to them after the first few days of placement.
We usually recommend that a space maintainer is worn by the child until the adult tooth appears in the mouth.
Early Orthodontic Treatment
It is always good practice to keep an eye on your child’s oral development. That is why our dental team can identify any potential malocclusion (crowded/crooked teeth) or bite problems and actively intervene before they become more pressing issues.
By using Orthodontic appliances, we can proactively align teeth, guide newly erupted teeth into position, and correct bite problems in advance. Well-aligned teeth are easier to keep clean and are less susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease, not to mention how a nice smile may affect the self-esteem of the child.
At every checkup, our team will assess your child’s mouth for any of these issues but we also welcome you to speak to us to learn more about the benefits of early intervention orthodontics for your child.