You can help ensure that your child’s teeth are aligned well and straight, all the way into adulthood, by taking them to see an orthodontist.
At Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental, we have pediatric orthodontists at our locations in Reno and surrounding areas that your child can see in addition to their regular checkups. We’re your trusted, welcoming resource to learn about braces or Invisalign for straightening your child’s teeth and improving their bite.
Although not all kids need orthodontic treatment, all kids need exams at an early age. If you’re looking for a children’s orthodontist in Reno, NV, contact Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental at 775-909-4356 or send us a message.
What to Expect at the First Appointment
Between exceptionally caring staff and gentle sedation available, your child will have their dental work done in comfort.
During your first appointment at our pediatric orthodontist in Reno or Sparks, NV, your child will undergo a visual examination as well as maxillofacial x-rays. Additionally, an orthodontist may ask you questions regarding your youth’s habits, like thumb and finger-sucking. Based on the results of this analysis, the orthodontist will discuss options and timeframes for treatment if applicable.
When to Visit an Orthodontist
Children should have their first orthodontic screening no later than age 7. During this first meeting, any jaw irregularities and developmental issues will be identified. If any complications are found, the youth might need orthodontic care in the future. Early screenings make it possible to get early treatment, with some children beginning progressive orthodontic treatments as early as age 7. Your child’s orthodontist can take steps to correct a bad bite, fill in gaps, and straighten the teeth all before your child reaches the teen years.
Your child should see a children’s orthodontist in Reno, NV as soon as possible if they’re exhibiting any of the following symptoms:
- Their jaw is disproportionate to the face
- A habit of frequent thumb-sucking
- Chronic breathing from the mouth rather than the nose
- The primary teeth fall out too soon or too late
- Signs of malocclusion (overbite/underbite)
- Visible crowding of the teeth
Most patients receiving orthodontic treatment are children and teens. This is because their jaws are changing to make room for new teeth. It is during this time that the teeth are easily moved, allowing for a shorter orthodontic treatment time – especially in patients who undergo early treatment.
What to Do If Your Child Needs Orthodontic Treatment
If your child is fitted for a fixed orthodontic appliance, such as braces, you will need to follow careful instructions to ensure the device is not damaged or broken. For instance, you may be required to ensure your child does not eat hard and tough foods, candies, popcorn kernels, or anything else that could interfere with the device or damage it. You’ll also need to ensure your child properly brushes and flosses around the appliance to protect the teeth from decay during treatment.
Types of Orthodontic Treatments Offered:
- Traditional Braces
- Ceramic Braces
- Lingual Braces
What can orthodontics help with?
Orthodontics includes treatments that are designed to align the teeth or jaws. Most commonly, it includes the application of traditional braces or Invisalign to correct spacing or other abnormalities in your child’s teeth.
How does preventative care affect orthodontic treatment?
Excellent preventative care is designed to spot potential orthodontic issues as soon as possible to help ensure your child gets treatment right away. During exams, we use x-rays to track your child’s tooth and jaw development to both identify existing issues as well as find ways to prevent future damage.
My child needs braces. Do I have options?
Yes! There are now a few different options to suit your child’s needs and your family’s lifestyle. In addition to traditional metal braces, we’re proud to offer ceramic braces, lingual braces (placed behind the teeth), and Invisalign. Invisalign uses clear, custom-fitted trays that are relatively easy to maintain. We’re happy to explain the differences and help you choose which type of braces is perfect for your child.
What are the signs my child needs orthodontic treatment?
While signs of issues can vary, in general, there are a few things that fairly reliably indicate a need for orthodontic treatment. In younger children, signs include alignment issues like an overbite or underbite, oral discomfort, visibly crowded or misaligned teeth, and a tendency toward thumb sucking. The best way to figure out if your child needs orthodontic treatment is to make an appointment with our friendly staff so we can perform an exam and discuss your options.
Do you accept insurance?
We’re happy to accept most forms of insurance, including Medicaid. We believe all patients are worthy of quality dental care, regardless of income level.
Make Your Child’s Appointment
Early detection makes treating orthodontic issues in children much simpler and faster. If your child is at least 7 years of age or exhibits any of the symptoms listed above, it’s time to make their first appointment at our children’s orthodontist in Reno, NV.
You can trust the pediatric dental specialists at Tooth Fairy. Our experienced, friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions that you and your child may have about the road to straight, healthy teeth. Contact Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental at 775-909-4356 to make your child’s appointment today.
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