Within the field of orthodontics and oral health care as a whole, prevention is the key. It is far more effective to treat an issue early on with less-invasive procedures and appliances than waiting until later on in life. When Dr. Gloeckner, DDS, treats children with orthodontic needs, he will search for the best treatment option possible. Dr. Gloeckner, DDS has been straightening teeth and correcting bites for 36 years using his unique orthopedic experience known as Developmental Orthodontics
People will avoid receiving orthodontic or dental care if they believe they can. In many cases, even if the patient experiences pain, the patient will wait until the pain and issue become much worse before receiving treatment. Once they receive treatment, the treatment needs to more invasive and risky. Fortunately, Dr. Gloeckner applies developmental orthodontics to each situation that applies.
Begin treatment early in life
If a child’s jaw needs correction, Dr. Gloeckner will recommend early orthodontic care to help ensure healthy teeth in adulthood and prevent the need for surgery later in life. Dr. Gloeckner will use developmental orthodontics to recognize signs that the teeth or jaw are not forming properly and recommend the most effective treatment. If Dr. Gloeckner identifies that the jaw is not growing properly, then he will implement some basic corrections to help ensure the correct alignment as the child ages.
It is never too early to begin proper oral health care. While children can begin with the proper oral hygiene at home, anything involving alignment will not be something a patient can fix without professional treatment. In some cases, food allergies, respiratory impairment and unhealthy diets can contribute to the improper growth of a jaw. A misaligned jaw will also cause misaligned teeth in the future for children.
We understand that patients of all ages want to avoid surgery for both the cost and amount of recovery time it can take. Parents also want to avoid having their children go in for a tooth extraction. Dr. Gloeckner can diagnose deformation problems in children as young as 6 years of age. Depending on what stage of development the child’s teeth are in, the child will most likely not be able to wear braces or Invisalign® at a young age. Fortunately, Dr. Gloeckner has alternative options available for younger patients.
Whether from an accident or a lack of oral hygiene, when a baby tooth falls out prematurely, the teeth around it move into the open space. This can cause the shape of the palate to change, taking up the room the adult tooth needs to grow in properly. In the past, many people had their teeth pulled in order to make space for all of their permanent teeth. Now, we can create space in your teeth using a variety of treatment methods.
Unlike traditional braces, which shorten the roots of the teeth, Dr. Gloeckner uses alternative orthopedic appliances that do not hinder natural development. Different orthopedic appliances that Dr. Gloeckner may use to treat a younger patient can include a:
- Power Scope
- Quad Helix
- Upper/Lower Lingual Arches
- Rapid Palatal Expander
Depending on the child’s teeth, jaw position, current health and issue the child is struggling with, Dr. Gloeckner will determine the best course of action. One issue that parents of young patients worry about is the effect the visits and treatment will have on their child. While there will be a positive effect on their health, it may be difficult to help the child adjust and become comfortable with the situation. Dr. Gloeckner has experience treating patients in a calm manner. Before and during the procedure, Dr. Gloeckner will go over the details of the procedure itself, while addressing all concerns of the patient and the patient’s family.
Dr. Gloeckner and his team create a welcoming atmosphere for his patients and their family members from the waiting room to the dental chair. With developmental orthodontics, Dr. Gloeckner can help ensure that a child grows up with healthy teeth instead of waiting and needing surgery as a teenager. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 1-661-349-4709.
If you would like to learn more about orthodontics and the various treatments we provide, call 661-349-4709 to schedule a consultation.