Malocclusion and bite problems often begin in the early stages of development, affecting many aspects of your growing child’s oral health if left untreated. Orthodontics can enable Dr. Rever to address complex concerns before they create bigger, more complicated dental problems. For many young patients, early intervention can alleviate the need for more invasive treatment down the road.
It is recommended that children be evaluated before the permanent molars begin to erupt, typically by 7 years of age. As a family dentist and trained orthodontist, Dr. Rever offers comprehensive dental and orthodontic care in our Silver Spring dental practice. He can monitor the oral development of your child and create a personalized treatment plan to ensure that they enjoy the many benefits of a healthy, functional smile.
Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment
- Reduce the need for tooth extractions.
- Preserve space for developing permanent teeth.
- Reduce the risk of future orthodontic care with braces or reduce treatment times.
- Lay the foundation healthy jaw growth by preventing bite issues.
- Reduce the risk of trauma to front teeth that are protruding.
- Prevent malocclusions, which are a direct result of jaw or tooth misalignment.
- Correct myofunctional habits affecting bite development, such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting.
Functional Orthodontic Appliances for Children
For many children needing early, or phase 1, orthodontic treatment an orthodontic appliance may be part of the overall plan for addressing myofunctional habits, complex structural or bite issues. Dr. Rever will discuss all recommended orthodontic care and how it can benefit your child’s long term dental health. Oral appliances can also reduce the need for jaw surgery to correct certain bite problems when used as part of early treatment.
Oral appliances may present a certain level of discomfort for your child or teen initially, but most patients get used to them in a short period of time. If there are any dietary restrictions associated with your child or teen’s treatment, Dr. Rever will discuss them and make recommendations for at-home oral hygiene to keep teeth and gums clean and healthy.
Schedule An Appointment with Dr. Rever
We welcome new patients of all ages in our Silver Spring, MD dentist office. In addition to orthodontic care, Dr. Rever has over 30 years of experience in general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. He works with patients on an individual basis to meet your oral health needs with treatment that will offer long term results.
To schedule a complimentary consultation for your child, contact us at (301) 637-0960 or request an appointment online.