Early Interceptive Orthodontics in Marble Falls, Texas
Help your child get a jump on great oral function with help from Ritchie Dental Group
Most people associate orthodontic treatment with the teenage years. It seems natural to wait until adult teeth have erupted to provide treatment for various bite problems. However, at Ritchie Dental Group in Marble Falls and Brady, Texas, we provide early interceptive orthodontics to Burnet area families. With early interceptive orthodontics and braces for kids, we can arrest developmental problems during the primary teeth phase to get a head start on lasting oral health and straight teeth.
Early interceptive orthodontics can be placed around the age of two or three if we determine that bite problems are surely developing at this early stage to achieve straight teeth. These teeth will eventually fall out, but they act as guides for the eventual eruption of adult teeth. Because of this, correcting bite problems of primary teeth will help your child's secondary teeth come in straight.
Much like traditional orthodontics, early interceptive orthodontics and braces for kids from our Marble Falls family dental office can correct bite problems like overbite, underbite, crowding, spacing, and incorrect jaw position.
One habit that commonly causes early problems with bite is thumb sucking or finger sucking. Early interceptive orthodontics can help young patients whose oral development is suffering due to these bad habits. We can provide appliances that will help guide the teeth into the proper position and alleviate the desire to suck on the thumb or fingers. We can also help with underdeveloped arches and cases where children lose their primary teeth too early.
Once your child is treated with early interceptive orthodontics at our Marble Falls or Brady office, he or she may need more traditional orthodontics to complete the process as primary teeth come in. Luckily, our general dentist can perform this treatment, bringing your child's oral development full circle for long lasting function.