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Nov
28

Signs That Your Kid Will Probably Need Braces

Posted in Braces

Braces aren’t always a rite-of-passage. Sometimes braces are needed as a result of bad habits that cause teeth to grow in crooked. Or there could be developmental problems that you can’t prevent.

At the very least, detecting problems as soon as possible makes it much easier to correct them.

Thank the Family Genes!

A lot of teeth spacing problems and issues with jaw shape or size are passed on from parents. If you have a history of overbite, underbite, buck teeth, or orthodontic treatment, then odds are pretty good that Junior just might need it, too! Considering your family’s traits could help you get an idea of what your kids will need in terms of orthodontic treatment.

Harmful Habits

Picking up on some bad habits will also give you an idea of what to expect. Mouth breathing, thumb-sucking, and tongue-thrusting can mess up the position of teeth. If your child has picked these up any of these habits, then he or she may need orthodontic intervention in order to avoid any serious effects on their smile.

Other Signs

Look for signs like:

  • Teeth not meeting when your child bites down
  • The jaw and or teeth look out of proportion with the rest of the face
  • Crowding and overlapping teeth
  • Difficulty biting into things
  • Speech problems
  • Baby teeth that were lost too soon, too late, or too far apart

Your Child’s First Orthodontic Evaluation

The sooner teeth are checked out, the sooner treatment can begin (or be avoided altogether!).

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends orthodontic evaluations by age 7, or earlier if you notice any problems. Ask your general dentist for a personalized recommendation.

Posted on behalf of:
Huebner Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics
12055 Vance Jackson Rd #103
San Antonio, TX 78230
(210) 625-7056

Apr
6

Space Maintenance for Children

Posted in Braces

Losing teeth is part of growing up. Most of the time, teeth come out when they’re supposed to, and are replaced in a timely manner by their permanent counterparts. Sometimes though, teeth are lost earlier than normal, due to trauma or tooth decay. Even though it’s normal for a child to be seen with missing teeth, it’s not normal for a permanent tooth to loose it’s primary partner earlier than needed. In fact, premature tooth loss can interfere with eruption patterns not only of one tooth, but multiple teeth. Adjacent teeth can slightly shift into the space, blocking the other tooth from coming in, and also misguiding their own permanent replacements underneath.

Thankfully there’s a way to help prevent misalignment complications like crowding when a tooth is lost too early, and that’s by using a space maintenance device. Sometimes these are referred to as interceptive orthodontic appliances, because they affect the position of the teeth. Small space maintainers are easily put in place to help hold areas open, allowing the permanent tooth to come in correctly and without complication. Once the permanent tooth begins to erupt, the small device can be removed. One example of such a device is a “band and loop” that is essentially a thin belt placed around a tooth, with a wire loop extending out the side of it to hold any teeth back out of the open area that it covers.

Placing space maintainers is very easy to do, and does not require any anesthetic. Deciding to take this step can save lots of time and money later on when it comes to orthodontic needs.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck, DMD, MS, PC

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Feb
10

At What Age Should Someone Consider Orthodontics

Posted in Orthodontics

How old does a child have to be before they can have braces? How old is too old for an adult to be to get braces? While age does play a role in determining whether or not someone can undergo orthodontic treatment, most of the factors rely on how developed the mouth is, and what the current oral health status of the patient is.

Interceptive orthodontics

This type of orthodontic treatment can be performed on young children, and is considered to be growth modification. Temporary appliances such as space maintainers or other removable aids can encourage oral development to occur in a way that prevents extensive orthodontic treatment later on. 

Youth

Considered as the typical phase of orthodontic care, braces are typically put on children or teens once they have lost all of their baby teeth, and the permanent teeth are in the process of erupting. Most children have all of their permanent teeth around 12 or 13 years of age, although it can vary. 

Adult orthodontics

Adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment as a way to combat gum disease, tooth decay, and improve the way their smile looks. You might be surprised at how mature some adults are before they ever undergo therapy! Unless you have severe bone loss, adults of almost any age can make some of the best orthodontist patients. They’re devoted to their treatment, have exceptional oral hygiene, and take great care of their teeth (mostly due to the investment that they’re making in themselves.)

Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck, DMD, MS, PC

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