Securing Lifelong Oral Health through Pediatric Orthodontics

At Lake Geneva Pediatric Dentistry, we take pride in providing a holistic approach to children's oral care by offering comprehensive pediatric dentistry and orthodontic services. We understand the importance of convenience for parents and the continuity of care for children, which is why we've combined both services under one roof. Our child-friendly practice ensures a comfortable and consistent experience, from routine dentistry to full-scale orthodontic treatment.

Pediatric dentistry and orthodontics are closely intertwined, as recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists, which suggests that children should have their first orthodontic assessment by the age of seven. Having experienced orthodontists working alongside our pediatric dentists allows for seamless collaboration, greatly benefiting your child's oral health journey.

Why Orthodontics Matters

While pediatric dentists focus on the health of teeth and gums, orthodontists concentrate on the growth and development of teeth and jaws. Orthodontic services ensure proper spacing and alignment, leading to not only a beautiful smile but also a healthier one. Well-aligned teeth make brushing and flossing easier, reduce the risk of decay, and are less susceptible to damage during accidents. In more complex cases involving facial and jaw malalignment, orthodontic treatment can improve airway function, alleviate discomfort, and significantly boost a child's self-esteem.

Our pediatric dentists may identify initial orthodontic concerns, but a comprehensive evaluation by an orthodontist is essential to determine the most appropriate course of action. Orthodontic treatment can permanently enhance teeth and even facial structures. Our orthodontic specialists possess extensive, specialized training, allowing them to create personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient's needs.

Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Children should see an orthodontist by the age of seven to address potential tooth and jaw issues. Early orthodontic intervention is advantageous because young children's teeth are still erupting, enabling orthodontists to guide facial and jawbone growth at the earliest possible stage.

The objective of early treatment is to prevent problems from worsening, eliminate their root causes, and guide the development of facial and jawbones to create adequate space for permanent teeth. In some cases, a second phase of treatment may be necessary after all permanent teeth have erupted to achieve optimal alignment.

Early orthodontic intervention may be recommended if your child exhibits:

  • Underbites (lower front teeth ahead of upper front teeth)
  • Crossbites (jaw shifting to one side)
  • Crowded front teeth
  • Excessive gaps between teeth
  • Extra or missing teeth
  • Abnormal tooth contact or misalignment
  • Habits like thumb-sucking affecting dental or jaw growth

While some issues are hereditary, others may result from accidents, dental conditions, sports injuries, or abnormal swallowing patterns. Early orthodontic treatment options vary and depend on the child's oral growth and development. Treatment may involve fixed or removable appliances to reposition the jaw, shift teeth, or maintain proper tooth alignment. In some cases, the removal of baby teeth may facilitate the eruption of permanent teeth without the need for appliances.

Our Range of Orthodontic Services

As your child grows, their mouths and teeth undergo significant changes. Abnormal developments such as misaligned teeth, bite irregularities, or jaw misalignments can be addressed and, in some cases, prevented by a pediatric orthodontist. Lake Geneva Pediatric Dentistry now offers a comprehensive array of orthodontic services, including:

  • Adolescent Orthodontic Treatment
  • Clear or Ceramic Braces
  • Early Orthodontic Treatment (Phase I & II)
  • HERBST Appliance
  • Orthodontic Evaluation
  • Palatal Expander
  • Retainers
  • Traditional Metal Braces

At Lake Geneva Pediatric Dentistry, we are committed to ensuring your child's oral health and confidence are nurtured from a young age. Our integrated approach to pediatric dentistry and orthodontics allows us to provide the highest quality care under one roof. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please don't hesitate to contact us. Your child's smile is our priority!

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