Pediatric Dentistry Jacksonville, FL

My child has crooked teeth; will he or she need braces?

Braces and palatal expander used in here to resolve crowding in upper and lower jaw.

Crooked or crowded teeth are very common in the growing patient. Even patients that get braces may develop a minor degree of crooked (crowded) teeth, particularly in the front teeth of the jaws, as they grow old.

The first step in determining the need for treatment is what we call an orthodontic consult. During this appointment, we may obtain special records and special x-rays of your child's jaw. This information will allow us to make a decision based on predicted growth patterns that your child may show later. In orthodontic terms, we refer to this as Early Treatment.

Early Treatment refers to ANY orthodontic (braces) or orthopedic intervention that begins when the child is in primary dentition or in mixed dentition (when the permanent teeth begin to erupt).

Here at Azari & Zahedi Dentistry, we recognize that early diagnosis and successful treatment of developing malocclusion can have both short-term and long-term benefits, while achieving the goal of occlusal harmony, function, and facial aesthetics.

For many children, the best time to start orthodontic treatment is in the late mixed dentition when they can benefit from growth modification and still enjoy a timely and efficient finish to last a lifelong.

Thumb Sucking

From birth, children have an natural born instinct to suck in order to get nourishment. This sucking feeling, or suction, becomes associated over time with warmth and comfort, and by itself, provides pleasure. If this habit become prolonged, there maybe some risk associated with it.

Overview of some of the risks associated with prolonged thumb sucking and pacifier use:
Dental complications may include jaw misalignment, tooth decay, roof narrowing, mouth sores and teeth protrusion. Bullying and teasing due to thumb sucking can be the source of serious social trauma. Frequent illness and delays in social development might be other complications.

Thumbsucking can cause protrusion of upper teeth, preventing the lower jaw from coming forward.

What is the right age for orthodontics?

Azari & Zahedi Dentistry recommends that every child receive an initial orthodontic examination as early as age three. The timing of orthodontic treatment is extremely important and greatly affects the treatment result. Early diagnosis and treatment by a specialist can help prevent more serious problems.

Orthodontics is not just for children. While most people tend to associate orthodontics with children, adults are also prime candidates for treatment. Approximately 25% of all orthodontic patients are adults. With how easy it is to use Invisalign®, the benefits of orthodontics for any adult are a must.