Orthodontics help create ideal smiles. Treatments are available through the care of Keith Coe, DDS, of Stagecoach Children's Dental Center. For many families in and around Magnolia, Texas, early orthodontic treatment reduces the need for more in-depth orthodontic care later in life. Book a visit for your child today using the online scheduling page, or call during normal business hours.
Receiving orthodontic treatment as a child involves services that begin while some of their baby teeth are still in place. Also called interceptive care, these treatments can address developing issues that can have a detrimental effect on a child’s teeth alignment.
Addressing these issues as early as possible helps your child’s teeth come in straighter. By the time they reach their teenage years, alignment problems are minimal and can be treated through a simple course of braces or aligners.
Misaligned teeth are more challenging to keep clean, increasing a child’s risk of dental decay. Early treatment can help straighten teeth and reduce the risk of cavities. Addressing alignment problems early can also reduce the total cost of orthodontic services.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, parents should bring kids in for an early orthodontic assessment before the age of 7, or as soon as an alignment issue becomes apparent. If Dr. Coe finds evidence of alignment concerns during dental exams, he might advise parents to book an orthodontic consultation.
Several possible outcomes can come from an early orthodontic exam. Your practitioner may simply let you know that there’s no need for any form of treatment at that time. Or they might see signs of future alignment issues and emphasize the need for routine dental exams.
Another potential outcome is a recommendation for early orthodontic treatments. Options include removable or fixed dental appliances or tooth extraction. You’ll receive all the details you need to make an informed decision about your child’s care.
Once all permanent teeth have completely emerged, alignment issues are best treated through braces or aligners. Traditional metal braces work by delivering gentle pressure to slowly shift teeth into optimal positioning.
Clear aligner trays can also be effective in shifting teeth into alignment. These trays are removable, which simplifies dental hygiene routines and allows teens to achieve a straighter smile without a gleaming metallic grin.
Stagecoach Children’s Dental Center offers orthodontic care right in the office, using a highly skilled orthodontic partner. When you’re ready to explore options, call or click to set up an appointment.