Find out if it’s the right time for your little one to get orthodontic treatment.
You’ve begun to notice that your child’s permanent teeth are starting to grow in a little crooked. Or maybe they are dealing with gaps between teeth or overcrowding. If so, then you may be wondering if it’s time to bring them into our office for an evaluation. Our Ashburn, VA, pediatric dentist Dr. Ajit Patel and our orthodontist Dr. Joseph Errera have teamed up to provide quality pediatric dentistry while also offering the orthodontic treatment your child needs for a healthier smile. So, could your child benefit from braces? Let’s find out.
There are many reasons your kid might need braces, whether they are dealing with gaps in their smile, crowding or a bad bite (often referred to as a malocclusion). Malocclusions occur when the top and bottom jaws do not properly align due to a difference in their sizes. A common malocclusion is an overbite or underbite.
In most cases, our Ashburn, VA, children’s dentist will notice issues early on when they start coming in for routine dental checkups every six months. When this happens we will have our orthodontist examine your child’s smile to determine if braces could help correct certain issues.
Of course, if you are new to our practice then you may be wondering when the best time would be to bring your child in for an orthodontic evaluation. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial evaluation at 7 years old since most permanent front teeth are erupting along with the six year molars.
Keep in mind that just because you are bringing your child in for an orthodontic evaluation doesn’t necessarily mean that we will immediately put braces on them. Sometimes we will just monitor your child’s smile to see if the issue is something that corrects itself or will eventually require an orthodontic intervention. However, coming in for an evaluation is truly the best way to know what’s going on for your child’s smile and whether braces could correct these issues early when they are often much easier to treat.
Most teens balk at the idea of getting braces to correct bite and tooth alignment issues. At Ashburn Pediatric Dental Center in Ashburn, VA, pediatric dentist Dr. Ajit Patel and our orthodontist Dr. Joseph Errera offer Invisalign clear aligners, a quicker, easier, and discreet way to straighten smiles. Your child may qualify for this innovative orthodontic treatment.
The best age for orthodontics
The American Association of Orthodontists says that a child should receive an evaluation for braces no later than age seven. Done early, orthodontic examinations catch problems as they develop, avoiding issues such as improper jaw growth, oral trauma to protruding teeth, and the poor oral function and appearance problems caused by misaligned teeth. Additionally, young teeth and bone structure are easier to work with and manipulate. That's why dental professionals call orthodontics for children "interceptive care."
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic system which uses custom-made, clear plastic aligners instead of wires and brackets. Thin and practically invisible, the aligners come in pairs numbering 18 to 30 in all, and patients wear them 20 to 22 hours a day. Removable for special occasions, meals and brushing/flossing, the aligners are smooth and comfortable. Over course of nine to 18 months, they realign teeth plagued by a variety of alignment issues such as:
- Protruding front teeth
- Open bite
- Tooth rotation and tooth tipping
Only metal braces can correct severe problems. However, Invisalign aligners, prescribed and maintained by the team at Ashburn Pediatric Dental Center, help many mild to moderate issues. Your child's orthodontist will determine if Invisalign is the right choice.
Is Invisalign OK for Kids?
The answer is sometimes yes and sometimes no. Dr. Errera is the resident expert in orthodontics at Ashburn Pediatric Dental Center. Through oral exam and X-rays, he can tell if Invisalign could help your child. As a general rule, a youngster's teeth should be decay-free, and all the baby teeth should be gone. First molars and incisors should be in place.
Eruption tabs may be included in your child's aligners. These special tabs keep spaces open for yet to erupt adult teeth. Also, compliance tabs indicate if the patient is wearing the appliances for the prescribed amount of time, keeping treatment on track.
Find out more
Does the discreet Invisalign system sound interesting to you? Then, why not book a consultation for you and your child at Ashburn Pediatric Dental Center in Ashburn, VA. Please call our office today: (703) 726-4333.
Keeping your child’s smile healthy is a top priority. We are here to help make that happen.
We know that isn’t always easy to know what to do when it comes to your child’s oral health. After all, their smiles are going through so many changes as they get older. Don’t fret; our Ashburn, VA, pediatric dentist Dr. Ajit Patel and our orthodontist Dr. Joseph Errera are here to provide some tips on how to ensure that your child is getting the proper dental care they need to maintain healthy, happy smiles.
Visiting the Dentist
Once your child’s first tooth erupts or by the time they turn one year old (whichever happens first), it’s important that they start getting routine dental cleanings and exams. The first visit will be fast and simple, and it will allow our Ashburn, VA, children’s dentist to establish rapport with your family and to get your little one comfortable visiting the dentist.
The sooner you make visiting the dentist a routine the easier it will be for you and your child. Everyone requires routine exams and cleanings every six months to prevent problems like decay and gum disease.
Of course, it’s important that you also know how to care for your child’s smile from the comfort of your own home. Creating a brushing and flossing regimen is crucial to maintaining healthy smiles. Once teeth begin to erupt it’s time to start brushing. There are special toothpastes and small, soft-bristled toothbrushes designed to clean infant and toddlers’ teeth. Once your child is old enough (usually around seven years old) you can teach them how to brush and floss on their own.
Children should be brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
There comes a time in a lot of children’s lives when permanent teeth aren’t coming in straight and orthodontic treatment might be required. Braces will not only offer straighter results but will also promote a healthier smile. It’s usually a good rule of thumb to visit our Ashburn, VA, orthodontist for an evaluation around the time your child’s permanent front teeth emerge.
No matter whether you are looking for a dentist in Ashburn, VA, for your child or you have questions about your child’s dental health, don’t hesitate to turn to the caring dental staff at Ashburn Pediatric Dental Center. Schedule an appointment for your little one today.
A fear of the dentist can be debilitating to your child's dental health and make you second guess their regular dental examinations and cleanings. However, these important visits and other procedures which repair damaged or decayed teeth are crucial to your child's dental health. Sedation density can help your children overcome their dental anxiety to get the treatments and preventative care their smiles requires to stay healthy. Find out more about sedation dentistry with Dr. Ajit Patel at Ashburn Pediatric Dental Center in Ashburn, VA.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a way to help you relax in the dentist’s office and undergo your procedure or examination free from dental anxiety. While there are different levels of sedation dentistry ranging from mild to full general anesthesia, many patients simply require nitrous oxide, often referred to as “laughing gas” to relax enough to feel comfortable during their treatment. Patients inhale this treatment in their dentist’s office to help their body and mind relax. However, other patients may require stronger sedatives administered orally just before your appointment to help quell their anxiety. Sedation medication can also be administered intravenously directly into the bloodstream and are stronger than those administered via inhalation or oral tablets.
Can sedation dentistry help my child?
Oral health is crucial to your child’s well-being and overall health. The yearly examination and cleaning important in maintaining their smile. However, a child with dental anxiety may put up so much of a fight that their parents give up on their appointment altogether, skipping it and allowing potentially serious conditions like teeth decay or gum disease go untreated. Sedation dentistry can help children like this feel at ease during their appointment, allowing their dentist to find and treat these conditions early before they become complex and require more invasive technique. If your child is scared or needs several procedures completed at once, they may benefit from sedation dentistry.
Pediatric Sedation Dentistry in Ashburn, VA
If you think your child could benefit from sedation dentistry, you should consult with their pediatric dentist to confirm that this is the best course of action for them. For more information on sedation dentistry, please contact Dr. Patel at Ashburn Pediatric Dental Center in Ashburn, VA. Call (703) 726-4333 to schedule your child’s appointment with their dentist today!
Having misaligned teeth can take its toll on both your confidence and the functionality of your mouth. However, orthodontic treatment for adults can help you straighten your smile and correct your bite to give you a smile you love. Find out more about the challenges of crooked teeth and how orthodontic treatment can help you with pediatric dentist, Dr. Ajit Patel, and orthodontist Dr. Joseph Errera at Ashburn Pediatric Dental Care in Ashburn, VA.
Can orthodontic treatment help my smile?
Misaligned teeth can cause many issues which can affect eating, chewing, and even speaking. In some cases, they may even cause digestive problems if patients cannot properly use their teeth to break down their food. Orthodontic care is a versatile facet of dentistry and is able to treat many dental issues. Some of the most common uses for braces include:
- misaligned or crooked teeth
- under crowded or gapped teeth
- overcrowded or overlapped teeth
- cross bite
- open bite
What are my options for orthodontic treatment?
In the past, the only way to straighten your teeth was with traditional metal braces, which use metal brackets and wires permanently affixed to the teeth. However, in recent years, orthodontics have transformed into more discreet, less visible treatments for patients who do not wish to compromise their look. Treatments like Invisalign, which uses clear aligner trays, and ceramic braces, which uses tooth-colored brackets and wires, can treat your dental problems without being obvious to those around you.
Orthodontic Treatments in Ashburn, VA
The length of orthodontic treatment will depend on the severity of your dental issues and, if using Invisalign, which patients can remove freely, the commitment to wearing your aligner trays. Patients will need to do check-up appointments every four to six weeks to ensure that the progression of their treatment is going according to plan. In addition to these check-ups, patients will need to commit to a strong at-home oral care routine which will help keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. These conditions can hinder your treatment, causing complications like lengthened treatment times. Patients should be sure to brush twice a day and floss between each tooth at least once a day. Patients wearing traditional-style braces will need to use special threading floss to thread the floss under each bracket and wire to reach their teeth properly.
For more information on orthodontics in the Ashburn, VA, area, please contact pediatric dentist, Dr. Ajit Patel, and orthodontist Dr. Joseph Errera at Ashburn Pediatric Dental Care in Ashburn, VA. Call (703) 726-4333 to schedule your appointment today!
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