Orthopedics focuses on children whose teeth, jaw structure, and facial growth are still developing. Typically, short-term therapies like retainers or other removable devices are involved to align the teeth or jaw. Orthopedic treatments help children reduce malocclusion where children suffer from crowded or crooked teeth. In addition to teeth function and appearance, orthopedic treatments also help children to avoid potentially damaging behaviors—like mouth breathing—before they become a habit or start to negatively affect other areas of your child’s life.
Space maintainers help teeth grow normally following tooth loss or injuries. This device can help ensure there are proper space for permanent teeth to erupt.
If your child loses a baby tooth by decay or injury, his/her teeth could sift and fill the vacant spade. When your child’s permanent teeth emerge, there is not enough room resulting in crooked teeth which affects chewing and speaking.
Should further treatment be necessary, you’ll move into the realm of orthodontics. Orthodontics works by gradually aligning the teeth using braces that have been bonded to the teeth. Different from orthopedics which are typically removable, orthodontics like braces may remain in place for months or years.
Your child’s oral health is important to us too. Vist our Ortho Clinic at Metrotown or call us to book an appointment for a free consultation now!