When should my child see an orthodontist?
At Camden Brown Orthodontics we are passionate about the health of our children! The American Association of Orthodontics recommends an orthodontic check up by age 7. Our office is also happy to see children younger than 7 for a general check-up and to evaluate growth and development.
What is evaluated during a child’s orthodontic exam?
The first step in your child’s exam is to simply talk. We will talk to you about dental history and positive or negative experiences you have had. We also want to know about medical history, sleep quality and characteristics, breathing habits and overall health. Next we will take photographs and X-rays (if needed) to look at growth, development and crowding. Dr. Brown will do an examination and talk to you about your child.
Phase I Treatment:
If there are habits or growth and development concerns, some limited treatment may be recommend. This may include widening the arches with an expander, a small section of braces, appliances to be worn at night to improve facial growth or appliances to improve habits. Most Phase 1 Treatment lasts 6-12 months. The goals include decreasing the chance of needing to remove teeth in the future, correcting habits, developing the jaws and face and improving crossbites.
If growth and development are going well, Dr.Brown will recommend entering into Mindful Monitoring. She will often ask to see your child annually for a check up to ensure growth is continuing properly and there is space for the erupting teeth. If your child has a habit such as thumb sucking, home care recommendations will be provided and check up at a future date will be scheduled.
A key part of growth and development can be referrals to other health professionals. This includes:
• ENT physcian for evaluation of breathing, tonsils and adenoids
• Sleep medicine physician for assessment for sleep disordered breathing
• Speech and language pathologist for work on speech and tongue posture
• Myofunctional therapist for tongue posture and infantile swallow patterns
• Oral surgeon for impacted teeth
• TMD specialist for joint pain and disorders
• Craniosacral therapist or osteopathic physician for body work
• Physical therapy for body work and joint disorders
• Dentist for dental work, frenectomy evaluation
Our promise to you is that our office will provide a friendly, caring, loving and intimate environment to support your teen. During your teen’s initial consultation, Dr. Brown will review all of our recommendations and make sure that you are well aware of all options. Please see our section regarding initial consultations for more information about what to expect at your visit. My first visit
Dr. Brown will create a unique plan for your teen, taking into consideration facial harmony and balance.
Before getting braces, many have questions about how they are placed. The best way to describe it is that it is like getting stickers on your teeth! The process is simple:
1) Teeth are prepped by painting etch and primer on them
2) Composite (the glue) is placed on the back of the braces
3) The braces are placed on the teeth and moved to just the right position
4) A light is shined which hardens the composite and fixes the braces to the teeth
Wires of different sizes and materials are used to align the teeth into their ideal position. All of this is done using a specific treatment plan which takes into consideration ideal position within the bone as well as for facial harmony and balance.
We offer ceramic, tooth colored braces. These work exactly the same way as metal braces.
What is it?
Aligners are clear trays that move your teeth.
What are the steps involved?
A series of photos will be taken of your teeth with our digital (no radiation) scanner. These will be sent to the lab. Dr. Brown evaluates the scans and plans the detailed movement of your teeth, the specific attachments that will be bonded to your teeth and other parts of your treatment plan. When your trays arrive at our office we will bring you in for a quick appointment to deliver your trays and get you started!
Why is it important to see an orthodontic specialist for your clear aligners?
First and foremost, Dr. Brown has done extensive training, learning the most efficient and effective ways to move teeth and the nuances of creating a beautiful smile. Second, she will carefully monitor for potential side effects and make sure that you are safe during your treatment. Lastly, orthodontists can place braces if aligners fail to move your teeth effectively.