Orthodontic Screenings in Houston, TX
A variety of tooth and jaw issues can be resolved through orthodontics. Drs. Nimri and Zingalis may point out that your child’s teeth appear crowded or their upper and lower teeth don’t appear ideal. Treatment can help prepare you for the possibility of future corrective care. As permanent teeth start to appear, usually around age six, Drs. Nimri and Zingalis will monitor the process and determine if early orthodontic treatment is needed.
Many orthodontic wearers are teenagers, but braces play a role for some children in their earlier years. Permanent teeth are typically larger than baby teeth and may require additional space. We can create an opening with the gentle force of braces or a device called a palatal expander. This allows adult teeth to move into place correctly and avoid more extensive treatment later.
A narrow jaw or large overbite may create a similar dilemma. Gently guiding your child’s jaw growth during development can make a tremendous difference down the road. Once the growth stops during teen years, the only corrective measure often involves surgery, which is always a scenario to avoid when possible.