Crooked or overcrowded teeth are very difficult to clean, are at a higher risk of developing tooth decay and periodontal disease, and could even cause a variety of pain conditions due to the additional stress exerted on the chewing muscles. Walker Pediatric Dentistry’s pediatric dentists in Salt Lake City seek to remedy the problem by correcting the alignment of the teeth.

While braces are commonly installed during teenage years, getting an orthodontic evaluation or treatment early is still ideal. It can help prevent the development of malformed teeth in the first place.

So, before you go and have your child fitted for braces, it’s important to consult us. We will take your child’s dental needs into account and determine which orthodontic treatment will be most beneficial.

Early Orthodontic Evaluation

Early orthodontic evaluation can involve procedures like extractions to allow permanent teeth to grow in properly. After formulating a dental plan that matches your child’s needs, our pediatric dentist will monitor your child’s dental development and progress through regular checkups, as well as adjusting treatment options as your kid grows.

Interceptive Orthodontics

If early dental evaluations detect malocclusions in your child’s teeth, we may recommend a series of interceptive orthodontic treatments. These treatments address misaligned teeth in the upper and lower jaws, which may require extraction procedures to allow correct growth of permanent teeth as the child grows.

Limited interceptive treatments might not eliminate the need for orthodontics entirely, but they can shorten the complexity and length of time needed for braces to completely correct teeth alignment later in life.

Trust our pediatric dentists in Utah to help you carefully evaluate the kind of orthodontic solution your child needs. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

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Early intervention, evaluation, and treatment for orthodontic problems can help ensure optimal oral health and development as your child grows. This treatment can help identify common problems with the jaw, the bite, or the teeth in a child’s mouth, but the specific treatment recommendations are unique to each patient. Since every child’s mouth will develop differently, your pediatric dentist and orthodontist will create a treatment plan that is right for your child.