Pediatric Orthodontist in Carlsbad, NM
Give Your Child the Gift of an Enduring Healthy Smile
The benefits of children visiting an orthodontist in their earlier stage of life include preventative actions and early detection of what could become more serious issues. This is why Farnsworth Orthodontics and our pediatric orthodontist in Carlsbad, NM, follow the recommendation of The American Association of Orthodontists, which urges all parents to bring their children to be evaluated by a trained orthodontic specialist at the age of seven.
What Is an Early Evaluation?
Early evaluation does not necessarily equate to early treatment! Most parents who bring their child to Dr. Farnsworth for an early evaluation leave the office again happy to know that orthodontic treatment can wait – or won’t be needed at all. When your child sees Dr. Farnsworth, he simply takes that opportunity to examine your child’s bite and jaw alignment. Doing so enables him to see if there is any preventative treatment that could reduce the severity or expense of treatment after all your child’s adult teeth have come in. If your child does need early treatment, our experienced orthodontist will follow the process below.
What Is Involved With Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment?
Two-phase orthodontic treatment means our pediatric orthodontist can both straighten your child’s teeth and align their jaw with little to no invasive treatment. This treatment works by guiding your child’s growth before their jaw has fully developed, and will help ensure a healthy and beautiful smile.
Candidates for early orthodontic treatment include children aged seven and older who are experiencing issues such as teeth crowding or a misaligned jaw. Children grow rapidly and directing the alignment of the upper and lower jaws is easier than trying to correct a jaw after it is already grown. Early treatment establishes a good foundation that provides adequate room for your child’s permanent teeth.
Additionally, two-phase orthodontic treatment can prevent later removal of permanent teeth to correct overcrowding and/or surgical procedures to align the upper and lower jaws.
Achieve a Harmonious Alignment in Two Phases
Phase one of our treatment focuses on developing the jaw size to contain all the permanent teeth and to align the upper and lower jaws. Certain appliances, determined on a case-by-case basis, will be used to accomplish this and will result in creating enough room for permanent teeth to grow.
Phase two will start when all permanent teeth have come in. It usually requires wearing braces for up to two years, followed by retainers to ensure lasting results. The end result is each tooth will have an exact location in the mouth in line with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. When this harmonious alignment is accomplished, the teeth will function together properly.
Learn More About Our Pediatric Orthodontist in Carlsbad, NM
To learn more about early treatment for your child and pediatric orthodontic care from Farnsworth Orthodontics, 575-727-8472 to reach our Carlsbad office. To schedule your child’s Farnsworth Orthodontics Smile Analysis, click here to use our convenient online form. Their appointment includes a thorough exam, digital x-rays, and an in-depth consultation with our experienced orthodontist – a $250 value, yours FREE!
Call today – we can’t wait to help your child achieve their healthiest smile!
As one of the premier orthodontic practices in Carlsbad, NM, our team at Farnsworth Orthodontics also provides 5-star-rated orthodontic care to children and adults in Clovis, Hobbs, Portales, Artesia & Lovington, NM, and surrounding areas.