Palos Pediatric Dentistry
Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentist, Orthodontic Treatment
When it comes to orthodontic treatment, the earlier some problems are addressed, the better your results. This is why Dr. Richard Facko focuses on prevention. Early orthodontic intervention can prevent or simplify treatment later, saving parents money and cutting treatment time.
At our Palos Heights pediatric dental office, we place a high value on education and prevention. Dr. Facko is skilled in identifying early orthodontic conditions and recommending a treatment plan based on your child’s unique dental needs.
A decade ago, it was common for junior high and high school kids to have braces to address orthodontic concerns with their secondary (adult) teeth. Today, dentists know that great advantages exist in getting started much younger. By the age of six, permanent molars have begun to emerge. It is now widely accepted that your child’s first orthodontic evaluation should be at or before this time.
Dr. Richard Facko can evaluate your child’s orthodontic needs throughout childhood and begin early treatment right in our office. When he sees a potential issue, he will recommend treatment that may save you time, money, and hassle in the future.
Why Earlier Is Better
When the jaws and teeth are still growing, it is much easier to move the teeth into their correct positions. Dr. Facko’s expertise can guide your child’s permanent teeth into a more optimal arrangement as they erupt (emerge from the gums). Even if braces are needed later, the treatment time will likely be shorter and less complicated.
Conditions Treated With Early Orthodontic Intervention
A wide variety of bite issues can be treated with early orthodontic intervention:
Dental crossbite is a condition where the upper teeth close inside the lower teeth. While some children may be more prone to this condition than others, the risk for crossbite increases in children who have oral habits (pacifier, thumb, or finger sucking) that last beyond the third birthday. Crossbite can be treated with early orthodontics by using a palatal expander to gently and gradually widen your child’s upper arch. This treatment is effective when young jaws are still developing. Waiting to treat crossbite may mean more invasive treatment down the line such as extractions and oral surgery.
Another commonly treated childhood issue is overcrowding. Overcrowding means that your child’s jaw is too small for all of his or her teeth. Left untreated, teeth may erupt crooked and can cause additional dental and jaw problems. In some situations, crowding may be prevented by preserving space, such as the case of a baby tooth that is lost prematurely. A space maintainer, fabricated at our office, will help to maintain the space for the permanent teeth, and may help avoid orthodontic problems in the future.
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