Vision & Orthodontics
Your child may have passed a simple vision test in school, but may vision problems often go overlooked in school screenings. Roughly 20 percent of children age 9 to 15 need some sort of vision correction. We can perform a comprehensive eye examination to determine if your child may have a vision issue. We test for:
- Nearsightedness (myopia)
- Farsightedness (hyperopia)
- Lazy Eye (amblyopia)
- Crossed-Eyes (strabismus)
They may not appreciate it yet, but a healthy smile with straight teeth is an asset that they’ll be thankful for later in life. Orthodontics like braces are the best method for straightening your child’s teeth. They also reduce the severity of other oral issues and may eliminate the need for tooth extractions and other bite related problems down the road.
Traditional orthodontic braces can be placed on the upper and lower teeth to do the following:
- Guide proper jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Improve facial appearance
- Correct bites that can lead to facial asymmetric growth
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
- Possibly reduce the need for further orthodontic treatment when patients are older
Orthodontics can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position. You can often choose brackets that are clear or metallic, and sometimes you can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be, and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients.
Treatment usually takes between 1 and 3 years, although early intervention can take as few as 6-12 months. If you think your child may need some corrective intervention, don’t wait. The sooner you can get problems corrected, the sooner your child will have a winning smile that will stay with him or her for a lifetime.