About 45% of children need braces to correct alignment problems with their teeth, jaw, or both. If you’re concerned about your child’s oral health, consider orthodontics. At Gaiduchik Orthodontics in Carmichael, California, board-certified orthodontist Andrey Gaiduchik, DDS, provides comprehensive orthodontic treatment to children and teens, including braces, clear aligners, and retainers. Call the office or book online today to make an appointment for your child.
Children’s orthodontics is a dental subspecialty that diagnoses and treats alignment problems of the teeth and jaw. If your child has crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth, orthodontics can prevent the problem from worsening and improve their oral health.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children undergo an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. By that age, Dr. Andrey can detect potential problems affecting the jaw or permanent teeth.
Children respond well to orthodontics because their jaws are still growing. After a certain age, treatment takes longer and requires more extensive work.
At Gaiduchik Orthodontics, Dr. Andrey uses children’s orthodontics to treat various alignment problems, including:
Your child might also benefit from orthodontics if they have a misplaced midline, a condition where the center of their upper teeth doesn’t line up with the center of their lower teeth.
At Gaiduchik Orthodontics, a children’s orthodontics visit begins with a review of our child’s dental records and an oral exam. During the exam, Dr. Andrey assesses your child’s teeth and jaw for bite abnormalities or alignment issues. He also takes a series of 3D digital X-rays.
After gathering the necessary information, Dr. Andrey makes treatment recommendations. Depending on your child’s age and needs, he might prescribe traditional braces, clear braces, self-ligating braces, or clear aligners.
Children’s orthodontics is safe and typically well-tolerated. After your child gets their braces or clear aligners, they may experience some mild discomfort. That can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen. If your child’s symptoms persist or worsen, contact Dr. Andrey right away.
The time that children’s orthodontics takes depends on various factors, including your child’s age, the alignment problem addressed, and their commitment to Dr. Andrey's treatment plan. Most children complete treatment in about 12 months*, but it may take 18 months or longer.
To learn more about children’s orthodontics, make an appointment for your child at Gaiduchik Orthodontics by calling the office or booking online today.
*Individual results may vary.