At Kid’s Corner Dental, we recognize that a healthy, radiant smile is essential during a child’s developmental stages, as it lays the foundation for a lifetime of health, self-confidence, and happiness. While oral health is undeniably important, orthodontics is an equally critical aspect that cannot be overlooked. The alignment of a child’s teeth influences far more than mere aesthetics—it plays a vital role in their overall well-being and quality of life.
Read below to learn more, or contact our Fullerton, CA office to schedule an orthodontic consultation!
What is orthodontics and why is it important?
Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Properly aligned teeth not only create an attractive smile but also contribute to:
- Enhanced oral hygiene
- Clearer speech
- Improved chewing function
- Balanced facial harmony
Additionally, well-aligned teeth can prevent excessive wear, reduce the risk of injury to the teeth and jaw, and minimize the chances of developing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
When should I bring my child to an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven. This initial assessment allows our skilled professionals to identify potential orthodontic issues and design a personalized treatment plan if needed. Early intervention can prevent more severe problems from developing and may shorten the overall treatment time, saving you and your child time, expense, and discomfort.
Our Orthodontic Treatment Options
At Kid’s Corner Dental, we are proud to offer two widely popular and proven effective orthodontic treatment options for our young patients: traditional braces and Invisalign.
Our experienced team will work closely with you and your child to determine the best course of action for their specific orthodontic needs.
What are traditional braces?
Traditional braces consist of metal brackets, wires, and bands that work together to apply continuous pressure on the teeth, gradually moving them into the desired position. This tried-and-true method has been used for decades to correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, from mild to severe.
What are the benefits of traditional braces?
Traditional braces are a highly effective treatment option with several benefits, including:
- Versatility: Traditional braces can address a wide range of orthodontic issues, from simple to complex cases.
- Customization: Braces can be customized with colorful bands to make them more fun and appealing for children.
- Durability: Made from high-quality stainless steel, traditional braces are durable and can withstand the wear and tear of everyday life. This is especially important for active children, who may be more likely to damage other types of orthodontic appliances.
- Continuous treatment: Traditional braces work 24/7 throughout the treatment period, applying constant pressure to the teeth, which often leads to fast and consistent results.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment option that utilizes a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually shift teeth into the desired position. This treatment is typically recommended for teenagers or older children with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns.
What are the benefits of Invisalign®?
Invisalign offers several advantages over traditional braces:
- Concealability: The clear aligners are virtually invisible, making them a discreet treatment option suitable for teenagers with an eye for aesthetics.
- Comfort: Invisalign aligners are made from smooth, flexible plastic that is more comfortable to wear than metal braces.
- Convenience: The aligners can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing, making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene throughout treatment.
- Fewer office visits: Invisalign patients typically require fewer appointments than those with traditional braces, as there are no wires or brackets to adjust. This can be more convenient for busy families.
Orthodontic treatment can dramatically transform your child’s self-esteem, social interactions, and overall health. At Kid’s Corner Dental, our mission is to create the perfect treatment plan tailored to your child’s unique needs and preferences. We strive to make their treatment enjoyable and fulfilling, so they can smile throughout their orthodontic journey—not just at the finish line!