What is Orthodontics?The primary goal of an orthodontist is to diagnose and treat malocclusions, among other things. A malocclusion is the imperfect positioning of your teeth when you close your jaw. Malocclusions are generally the result of other issues caused crooked, uneven, teeth, or disproportionate jaws.
When Should Your Family Visit the Orthodontist?
Teaching your family, the best practices in maintaining their oral health is of the utmost importance. But how do you know if there is a more significant issue, and your child might need braces? How old do they need to be before taking them to visit an orthodontist?
The American Dental Association advises that for most children, orthodontic Diamond Bar treatment begins between ages eight (8) and fourteen (14). Dr. Jeon and Dr. Cho encourage parents to get kids an orthodontic evaluation by age seven (7) since most of their six (6) year molars, and usually, four (4) of their permanent anterior teeth are now in place. With this mix of baby and adult teeth, our local orthodontists can often identify any problems and treatment begun at this early stage will produce optimal results. Most orthodontists will give you an accurate timetable for possible treatment, and the first step is to set up an appointment for your child.
Orthodontic Treatment Options
Depending on the issue, your child could have one or more of a few treatment options. Traditional braces are what most people think of when they hear the word “orthodontist.” Traditional braces have metal brackets connected by wires placed on their teeth. The purpose of traditional braces is to reposition the teeth and jaws to where they should be.
Invisalign Diamond Bar
If you have an overbite or an underbite or some other facial abnormality, you might need dentofacial orthodontics to correct this problem. If you are looking for a clear alternative to braces, you can try Invisalign in Diamond Bar.
A Healthy Smile
The first step to maintaining a healthy smile for your child is to schedule regular cleanings and dental check-ups with our family dentists at Diamond Bar Dental Studio. Our dentists recommend a check-up every six (6) months. Routine exams help to remove plaque build-up that brushing and flossing alone can’t remove, and Dr. Cho and Dr. Jeon will keep an eye out for decay or other oral health issues The second step is to teach your children to brush and floss regularly after every meal. Diamond Bar Dental Studio recommends that you brush twice a day and floss daily. Toothbrushes should be changed out three (3) to four (4) times a year. Rinsing with an antibacterial rinse can help prevent both decay and gum problems. A consistent routine with your child’s dental hygiene will create a lifetime of good habits.
Whether for children or adults, the first line of defense is really to maintain good oral hygiene regularly. Most tooth pain begins with tooth decay, so make sure you are brushing and flossing daily, regularly rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash, and visiting our dentists twice a year to have your teeth cleaned and examined.
Schedule Your Appointment
Dr. Jeon and Dr. Cho specialize in orthodontics Diamond Bar as well as adult orthodontic treatment options. If you are ready to take the next step toward a beautiful, healthy smile, please call us today at (909) 455-9979.