Maintaining proper spacing and alignment of your teeth is an important part of dental health for you and your kids. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that kids receive their first orthodontic evaluation around the age of 7 to determine their needs and the most appropriate time to begin any necessary treatments. At Ridgeview Dental, we use the latest orthodontic techniques and technologies to ensure you and your kids have healthy mouths and confident smiles for the adventure ahead.
We recommend children receive an orthodontic assessment no later than the age of seven to allow us to spot and treat spacing issues as early as possible. Early or interceptive orthodontics often allows problems to be corrected over time with less invasive measures so your kids can be kids, not regulars at our office!
We use the latest dental technologies from conventional braces to tooth colored braces to Invisalign (wireless braces) to help children and adults correct a variety of orthodontic problems.
When your child loses a tooth, it’s important to maintain the empty space to prevent space loss and other dental problems that can emerge from misalignment. We use several types of space maintainers to help ensure that visits by the Tooth Fairy don’t have to mean more visits to the dentist down the road.
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How long does Orthodontic Treatment Take?
On average treatments can take between 20-24 months. To maintain this schedule, we recommend patients wear all appliances and rubber bands per your doctor’s recommendations, maintain a regular appointment schedule and call the office if something breaks immediately.
Must a parent/guardian be present?
No, not if you’ve informed us ahead of time. However, it is important to be able to reach a parent/guardian at anytime during the appointment.
Will I have to take my child out of school for appointments?
Usually, yes. Although we understand your concern in taking your child out of school for routine appointments, our afterschool hours fill up quickly. We will try to accommodate your needs as best we can.
Is it normal to have a sore mouth after treatment?
Yes! Typically for the first five days following an adjustment, teeth will be very sore, especially with biting pressure. If severe, we recommend rinsing with warm salt water and taking any over-the-counter pain medication you normally take for minor headaches. It is also recommended to eat a soft diet until the discomfort subsides. Your lips and cheeks may also experience discomfort as they are adjusting to the new braces in your mouth. For this, we recommend the use of orthodontic wax on the braces until the cheeks "toughen" up and become use to the braces.
What foods should I and should I not eat after treatment?
Ice, hard candies, hard pretzels, hard bread, corn chips, gum, caramel, taffy, licorice, other sticky candies. Avoid chewing on pens/pencils, fingernails, etc.
Reasonably soft foods. Use common sense when eating as the braces can break off!
What to expect on your first visit
At your first visit, our staff will work together to make sure you and your child feel comfortable at our office. Dr. Patwari will perform an initial evaluation as well as discuss any orthodontic concerns you may have. Following this examination, you will be advised as to your child's specific needs and the best course of treatment. This includes whether it is necessary to begin orthodontic treatment right away or to defer. If it is recommended to wait for treatment, your child may be placed on an orthodontic recall schedule. This will allow us to periodically evaluate growth and determine the most appropriate time to begin braces. If it is recommended to begin now, your child will return for a diagnostic records appointment.
Diagnostic Records Appointment
Complete diagnostic records will include a thorough medical and dental history, impressions to fabricate a plaster model of your child's dentition, intraoral and extraoral photographs as well as a series of special orthodontic X-rays. The information gathered from these records aids the orthodontist in developing the best treatment plan for you child's specific needs.
At this appointment, your child will have the appropriate type of braces or appliances placed on their teeth. There are many different methods to achieve the best smile for your child. Please feel free to ask Dr. Patwari any questions you may have regarding your child's treatment.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends all children have an orthodontic evaluation around 7 years old. This does not mean all children need braces at 7, however. Depending on their occlusion (bite) and facial profile, some children can benefit from early treatment due to the severity of their needs.
Instructions following braces
Be careful not to abuse your appliances. DO NOT chew ice, your pencil, toothbrush, or gum. Bent wires and damaged appliances cause your teeth to move to undesirable positions and can add to the length of your treatment.
DO NOT EAT
You may eat the following fruits and vegetables if sliced, grated or diced