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The Importance of Early Orthodontic Treatment in Children

We know that it is not always easy for parents to tell if their child has an orthodontic problem or when is the right time to take your child to start orthodontic treatment. Through a complete dental examination that includes x rays we can spot upcoming dental problems early.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that your child receive an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven. By this age, major orthodontic problems can be identified and treated while some baby teeth are still present. This is important because some orthodontic problems can be easily corrected when diagnosed and treated at an early age. Most orthodontic patients begin active braces treatment between the ages of nine and 14.

Early orthodontic treatment can prevent more serious problems from arising and may make treatment at an older age less complicated. In some cases, the doctor can achieve results, which would not be possible once the face and jaws have already finished growing.

By getting early treatment, jaw growth can be guided, harmful oral habits can be corrected to avoid further damage to the jaws and bite and the appearance and self-esteem of your child can be improved.  Early orthodontic treatment can reduce and sometimes eliminating the need for full orthodontic treatment (Braces) or surgery.

Orthodontic TreatmentWhat are the signs that indicate that you child may need orthodontic treatment?

According to the American Association of Orthodontics, the following are early warning signs:

  • Early loss of baby teeth
  • Late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Open Bite
  • Deep bite
  • Cross-bite
  • Sucking on fingers
  • Crowded or misplaced teeth
  • Difficulty Speaking
  • Shifting of the jaws
  • Jaws that protrude, are recessed or which make sounds
  • Biting the inside of the mouth
  • Teeth which protrude, don’t meet correctly or don’t meet at all
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry
  • Teeth grinding or clenching

If you notice any of these characteristics or behaviors in your child you should schedule a check up appointment for your child.

At Dentcare Clinic, we are fully committed to helping patients achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.  We look forward to meeting every young patient and will provide you and your child with quality dental care in our friendly, comfortable environment.

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Dental Implant Head And Bridge

What is the Difference Between Crowns, Bridges, Implants & Veneers?

One of the first steps to getting your oral health back on track is determining what treatment you may need. Learn about the differences between dental crowns, bridges, implants and veneers, and how each can help you get your beautiful smile back.
porcelain dental crown

What is a dental crown?

Purpose: Cover & restore a damaged tooth without extraction

A dental crown, also known as a “cap” is used to restore teeth without actually removing or implanting any teeth. The crown is placed over an existing damaged tooth and is cemented in place.

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Dental Implant Head And Bridge

A dentist / dental technician placing the fixed partial denture ( the dental bridge) on the implants.

What is a dental bridge?

Purpose: Replace one or more missing teeth by anchoring to existing teeth

While a crown is used to cover an existing tooth, a dental bridge is used to fill in the missing space caused by one or more lost teeth. A bridge is made up of one or more false teeth with one crown on either end of the bridge. The crowns are placed over existing teeth on either side of the gap in your smile, functioning as anchors for the bridge.

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titanium dental implants

What is a dental implant?

Purpose: Replace a tooth with a fully functional implant embedded in your jaw

Dental implants are installed securely into your jaw bone and are modern dentistry’s best answer to replacing teeth. The implant itself is fused with your bone, and a natural-looking crown makes up the visible tooth portion. Multiple implants can also be combined in a bridge.

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porcelain dental veneers

What is a dental veneer?

Purpose: Add a luminous white coating to your teeth

A dental veneer is a thin coating of white, gleaming porcelain which is used to cover the surface of a tooth. Unlike crowns, bridges and implants, veneers are primarily aesthetic, and are less commonly used for dental health problems.

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What is the difference between a crown, bridge, implant and veneer?

Here is an overview of the differences between each dental solution:

Dental Crowns

  • Restore a damaged tooth by covering it with a porcelain cap
  • For cosmetic and restorative purposes

Dental Bridge

  • Used to replace one or more missing teeth
  • Can be fitted with dental crowns or implants
  • For cosmetic and restorative purposes

Dental Implant

  • A fully functional tooth replacement that is embedded into the jaw
  • Can be installed with a bridge to replace multiple missing teeth
  • For cosmetic and restorative purposes

Dental Veneer

  • A coating used to reshape or brighten teeth that are misshapen or discolored
  • Primarily used for cosmetic purposes, but can be restorative
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