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Children Orthodontics Austin
The role of orthodontics in treating dental problems in children is very significant. At the age of 7 years, it
is advised that children consult with an orthodontist to assess and evaluate their dental growth pattern.
After children get their first few permanent teeth, it is time to consider the pattern of growth of their
jaws, the positions in which their new teeth are erupting and if any abnormalities or imperfections are
potentially arising. At Ortho 360 in Austin, Texas, we offer orthodontic consultation for children. The
advantage of early consultation with us as Ortho 360 is that any future mal-alignment problems can
quickly be intervened, thus preventing a potential dental problem.
Why may children need treatment with orthodontics?
There can be many reasons why children grow up to have crooked or crowded teeth. It could be
inadequate space for the permanent teeth at the times of their eruption, early primary tooth loss or a
small jaw, allowing less space for teeth to erupt comfortably. Many children also have habits such as
tongue- thrusting and thumb- sucking, which can cause the front teeth to grow highly protruded and
hamper their ability to close the mouth properly. Crooked teeth also lead to inadequate cleaning, allowing
decay and cavities to form more easily. In any case, the practice of orthodontics on children becomes
necessary to correct the problem.
At Ortho 360 in Austin, Texas, we pay special attention to practicing orthodontics on children and focus
on making the best treatment plan for them as they grow. Quite often, children will not require extensive
treatment with orthodontics before they get all their permanent teeth. Simple functional appliances may
be used by our highly experienced team of orthodontists to ensure that their teeth grow in the right
positions. Such appliances include:
Space maintainers after milk teeth fall out, to maintain space for new teeth
Retainers to prevent the permanent teeth moving out of place or crowding
Tongue cribs or tongue spurs to prevent the tongue- thrusting habits most children have
Thumb appliances to stop the thumb- sucking habit
Herbst appliance to promote lower jaw growth
After children have all their permanent teeth, they may not need braces as the functional appliances
served their purpose well. Sometimes when children have orthodontic problems beyond the reach of
treatment with simple functional appliances, then a second phase of treatment includes fixed braces, with
or without appliances. Head gear may also be used to prevent the upper jaw from growing too far
beyond the lower jaw. This kind of treatment with orthodontics is known as Two Phase treatment, where
from the ages of 5- 12 years, functional appliances do the tooth movement and maintenance work and
then from 12- 14 years, fixed braces correct the mal-alignment of teeth.
Treating children with orthodontics at an early age is always advised, and preferred over treating at an
older age. This is because children are under a constant state of growth and development and so
manipulating their growth pattern is much easier. Their treatment time is shorter and less bone is
resorbed as compared to teenage and adult treatment, since young bone just forms in the direction it is
controlled to. Also, younger children are more cooperative than teenagers when they have braces and
when removable appliances need to be worn!
Where can I find an Ortho 360 office in Austin?
At Ortho 360 in Austin, Texas, we have helped many children treat their dental problems with the help of
orthodontics. We have three main offices in Austin- Central Austin, Bastrop and Avery Ranch, serving the
whole of Travis County, Avery County and Willaimson County. With our wide distribution of expert
orthodontic services and our easy accessibility, we are never too far. With us at Ortho 360, Austin, you
can find the best treatment for your children with the help of orthodontics, giving them a lifetime of