The Powers Of Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
There is something special to say about dental practices that combine pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. Together, these branches of dentistry just seem to fit. Especially, because they both give children healthy mouths and beautiful smiles.
In terms of pediatric dentistry, it helps take care of thousands of children’s dental care needs. As part of these services, children learn how to take care of their own teeth. From their very first baby tooth all the way through the teen years, pediatric care provides the support children need to support their oral health.
What’s Special About Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry focuses on dental care and education for children and their parents that help teach preventative dental care to the adolescent and their caregivers. Pediatric dentists also examine, diagnose, and treat dental conditions, dental injuries, and oral diseases. Having the trained eye of a pediatric dentist is essential during these important stages of dental growth. Furthermore, pediatric dentists have training that helps them make kids feel more comfortable during dental exams and dental treatments.
In terms of official training, all pediatric dentists have four years of dental school training. On top of this, our pediatric dentists also have two more years of practical residency training in pediatric dental practice. These two additional years of training focus on putting kids at ease in the dentist’s chair.
What’s Special About Pediatric Orthodontics?
Orthodontists that specialize in pediatric dentistry are specifically trained to diagnose and treat dental conditions in children. Dental treatments for misalignments in the teeth and/or jaws. Orthodontic treatments, including braces, clear aligners and retainers, gradually reposition teeth into healthier and aesthetically appealing placement.
Pediatric orthodontic treatment is especially effective in adolescence because the positioning of adult teeth is the most malleable. And pediatric dentistry works for teenagers too! Therefore, pediatric orthodontics and pediatric dentistry are a natural match at our practice in Middle Tennessee (Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro, Spring Hill, Franklin and Cool Springs).
The Benefits of Consistent Childhood Dental Care
The first benefit of pediatric dental care starts with regular dental exams and hygiene. Regular exams allow dentists to assess and diagnose dental problems at early treatable stages. Early detection of dental problems that require further care in pediatric orthodontics to anticipate other issues in the future. This is true for spatial concerns or teeth positioning problems which could cause more damage in the future for the patient if they are not detected early.
The convenience of an in-house orthodontist at Snodgrass King allows us to monitor patients in their adolescent years and catch structure problems. Additionally, this advantage helps us determine the right time for a patient to receive braces. On the other hand, if braces are not a good fit, we can see if other orthodontic treatments, like Invisalign, are a better option.
Call the Orthodontists at Snodgrass King in Middle Tennessee
Many structural problems in the mouth begin early in life. Therefore, patients have better results with orthodontic treatments before adult teeth settle into their final positions. Regularly seeing a Tennessee pediatric dentist who communicates with an orthodontist, will help you be prepared for further action when needed.
For patients who already have orthodontic work, the combined services of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics offered at Snodgrass King can give a child the special attention they need to maintain their oral hygiene while also receiving the orthodontic adjustments.
Contact Snodgrass King to get the combined care of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics today!