Catching bite discrepancies early can prevent the need for significant orthodontic complications later on. At Denali Pediatric Dentistry, we have straightforward interceptive orthodontic options to help your child avoid common bite discrepancies. Interceptive orthodontics uses preventive therapies that help teeth erupt properly and with correct spacing.
Losing a baby tooth too early can cause other teeth to drift into place and prevent the adult tooth from erupting. Space maintainers are temporary appliances that keep the area opened until the adult tooth comes in.
The width of the jaws affects how teeth bite against one another. If the upper jaw is too narrow, a palatal expander can be used to widen the arch so that it bites properly against the bottom teeth.
Reduced Risk of Tooth Trauma
Teeth that jut out from overbites or underbites are more likely to be damaged during an accident such as a fall or bump to the mouth. Correcting the way teeth bite together and eliminating habits that cause these conditions (such as thumb sucking) can reduce your child’s risk of dental injuries during their recreational activities.