Prevention is Paramount
The field of orthodontics spans beyond corrective treatments to include preventative care. Preventative care is used as the first line of defense to deter the development of a bad bite or crooked and overcrowded teeth.
In fact, some children who undergo preventative treatments can avoid the need for far more invasive treatments later in life. By the time preventative orthodontic treatments are complete, children have an adequate amount of jaw space for permanent teeth to erupt.
Preventative care is only effective when used early – usually while the majority of primary teeth are still intact. Some of the most common preventative orthodontic treatments include:
- Space maintainers – to hold the space of a primary tooth that has fallen out prematurely
- Headgear – used to reposition the jaw and create space for permanent teeth
- Tooth extractions – used to remove primary teeth that have not fallen out on their own
Schedule Your Child’s Preventative Consultation
Prevention can deter the need for complicated and costly future treatments. Schedule a preventative orthodontic consultation with Dr. Stroumpos by calling (281) 286-3838. Your child will thank you down the line.