Malocclusion and bite problems often begin in the early stages of development. Many aspects of your growing child’s oral health are affected 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 and costly treatments down the road.
It is recommended that children be evaluated before their permanent molars begin to erupt, typically by 7 years of age. As a family dentist and trained orthodontist in Silver Spring MD, Dr. Rever offers comprehensive dental and orthodontic care. He can monitor the oral development of your child, and create a personalized treatment plan in our Silver Spring dental practice. We will ensure that you and your family enjoy the many benefits of a healthy, functional smile.
Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment
Your child deserves to have excellent teeth and great long-term oral health. When you invest in improving their smile, you invest in their overall quality of life.
- 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 for healthy jaw growth by preventing bite issues.
- Reduce the risk of trauma to front teeth that may be 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 (phase 1) orthodontic treatment, an orthodontic appliance can be prescribed. An oral appliance is essentially similar to a custom mouthguard, or alignment tray. It is part of the overall plan for addressing myofunctional habits, complex structural issues, and bite issues.
Oral appliances can also reduce the need for jaw surgery to correct certain bite problems when used as part of early treatment. Dr. Rever will discuss all recommended orthodontic care and how it can benefit your child’s long-term dental health.
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. They are easy to take care of and accompany at-home oral hygiene routines. These pain-free devices are used to help guide teeth to their proper position in order to avoid costly treatments in the future.
Dr. Rever will discuss options and recommendations after a thorough dental exam. He will take into consideration any dietary restrictions associated with your child or teen’s treatment. We will never recommend unnecessary treatments and work with your budget to find the right treatment.
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 their 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.