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    19Jun
    Many parents of young children at Spokane, Cheney Orthodontics Dentistry share the common concern of timing in getting their children in to be seen for an orthodontic assessment. Often, they are surprised to learn that the best time to deal with potential orthodontic issues is sooner rather than later.

    Some of these parents are under the impression that their child must be an adolescent with severe alignment issues to be considered for orthodontic treatment. Today I’d like to clear up some of the misconceptions about early orthodontic treatment.

    “It’s best to wait until my child has all their permanent teeth”

    Any dentist trained in early orthodontics will tell you the opposite is true. We know that the optimum time for your child to be seen in order to address the possible need for early orthodontics (also known as preventative or phase one orthodontic treatment) is between 5 and 12 years of age are. The younger the child is, the sooner we can start monitoring the growth of their jaw and any potential alignment issues. It also allows us to develop an individualized treatment plan for your child.

    “If there are alignment issues my child will still need braces”
    Not necessarily - by monitoring the development of the child’s teeth at an early age it is often possible to use orthodontic appliances and other methods to help promote proper tooth alignment, potentially eliminating the need for more extensive orthodontic treatment later. A child may still require braces, but the treatment time is normally shortened because of early orthodontic treatment.

    “When will I know if my child is a candidate for early orthodontics?”

    A dentist specializing in early orthodontics, like our Spokane, Cheney Orthodontics Dental team is the most qualified to determine if your child needs orthodontic treatment. Generally speaking, however, your child may be a candidate if you notice any of the following:

    Crowded or misaligned teeth
    Overbite or underbite
    Thumb-sucking habit
    Cleft palate

    If you have questions or concerns about early orthodontic treatment for your child, do not hesitate to contact our office to address these issues during a free consultation.
    06Dec

    A new patient to my practice was talking about her children and expressed particular concern about her five-year old who she thought might have orthodontic alignment issues. She was surprised when I urged her to bring her young daughter in for an orthodontic assessment as soon as possible.

     

    Many parents are under the mistaken impression that their child has to be an adolescent with severe alignment issues in order to be considered for orthodontic treatment. Today I’d like to clear up some misconceptions about early orthodontic treatment.

    My child will have to wait until they are older to see an orthodontist.
    A dentist trained in early orthodontics will tell you this is simply not true. At Spokane Dental Care we know that the ages between 5 and 12 are the optimum years for your child to be seen in order to address the possible need for early orthodontics (also known as preventative or phase one orthodontic treatment). At this stage we can start to monitor their jaw growth and the potential resulting alignment of their teeth. It further enables us to develop an individualized treatment plan for your child.

    Even if potential issues are identified, my child will still need braces.
    Not necessarily - by monitoring the development of the child’s teeth at an early age it is often possible to eliminate the need for more extensive orthodontic treatment later through the use of orthodontic appliances and other methods that promote proper tooth alignment. A child may still require braces, but the treatment time is normally shortened because of early orthodontic treatment.

    How do I know if my child is a candidate for early orthodontics?

    A dentist specializing in early orthodontics, like Cheney Dental Office is the most qualified to determine if your child needs orthodontic treatment. Generally speaking, however, your child may be a candidate if you notice any of the following:

     

    • Crowded or misaligned teeth
    • Overbite or underbite
    • Thumb-sucking habit
    • Cleft palate
    19Jul
    Jill first came to my office because she was unhappy with her crooked lower teeth. Like lots of people with alignment issues, Jill put off having the problem corrected because she did not want the discomfort and the bulky appearance of traditional metal braces.
     
    She knew about Invisalign™ but felt she couldn’t justify the expense for cosmetic purposes. I told Jill that, while beautiful straight teeth are more pleasing aesthetically, there’s another important reason to have alignment issues corrected. Misaligned teeth are more prone to cavities because the tiny crevices between overlapping teeth are difficult to reach with brushing and flossing. In addition, I told Jill that Invisalign™ treatment offered several options not available with traditional braces:

    Easy treatment plan: Using a custom 3-D image, a series of aligners are created specifically for you. You’ll change to a new set of aligners every two weeks, visiting our Spokane or Cheney Dental Office every six weeks so we can monitor your progress.

    Convenient: You are not restricted to certain foods as you wear your aligners throughout the day, easily removing them to eat. You can continue to brush and floss as you normally would. Your aligners can simply be brushed and rinsed in lukewarm water.

    Adaptable to your active lifestyle: You don’t have to worry about the discomfort of metal braces and wires that can poke and irritate your mouth. The comfortable BPA-free plastic won’t cause any irritation. Invisalign™ aligners are easily removed, enabling you to wear a protective mouth guard if necessary.

    You’ll see an immediate difference:
    Unlike traditional metal braces, you will be able to see gradual improvement each time you change your aligners without having to wait for the removal of bands and wires.

    We got Jill started on a treatment plan at Spokane Cosmetic Dentist that included correction of her misaligned teeth with Invisalign™. Jill was happily on her way to having the beautiful even smile she’d always wished for.