Orthodontist Cartersville, GA
In this day in age, Vargo Orthodontics understands and appreciates the value of quality “bedside” manners. We have high standards for our staff from reception and each orthodontist in our office. We find that the treatment of our patients is especially important when it comes to our pediatric population. Not only are we responsible for the comfort level of our patients but the parents as well. Vargo Orthodontics has been providing quality services to the children in Cartersville, Georgia area for years. We work hard to maintain a positive reputation in our area, which is not difficult because we love what we do. The following information is a general guide on the orthodontic process and what to expect should your child require braces.
During your child’s first visit, the Cartersville, GA orthodontist will examine your child’s teeth and jaw. This may include X-rays and/or a mold of your child’s teeth. The orthodontist will likely have questions for you regarding your own observations and any complaints that your child may have regarding discomfort, jaw popping, difficulty chewing, etc. The orthodontist will then discuss options and make a recommendation on whether your child may need braces, aligners, headgear, and other options depending on the specific needs of your child’s teeth.
Regular Visits and Maintenance
Depending on the type of device your child has to straighten his or her teeth, you will likely need to go back to the Cartersville, GA orthodontist every four weeks or so in order for the orthodontist to monitor the teeth’s response to the device.
What Happens After Braces?
Typically, braces are necessary for one to two years. After that, your child’s orthodontist may recommend a retainer.
There is no getting around the fact that orthodontic treatments can be quite expensive. Often, insurance plans do not include dental procedures, and if they do, they may not cover 100%. Vargo Orthodontics will go over the details of our recommendation for your child, including cost after the initial visit. We have great respect for our clients and would not conduct a procedure without discussing the payment expectations up front.
Special Needs Pediatric Population
Not every dental office can say they are experienced with children who have a special need. Vargo Orthodontics in Cartersville, GA not only has experience with children who may have an exceptionally difficult time in the orthodontist’s chair, we greatly appreciate the parent’s input on their child. We are open to discussing the child’s potential response to sitting in the chair, tolerating the necessary procedures and successfully completing our job with respect to your child’s comfort.
The specialists at Vargo Orthodontics appreciate that you have options when it comes to your child’s orthodontic needs and we assure you that our reputation speaks for itself. We will make ourselves available to answer any questions and are ready to explain the typical process depending on your child’s needs. If your child’s dentist has recommended orthodontic care, we encourage you to contact Vargo Orthodontics to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist Cartersville, GA patients recommend.
At What Age Should My Child See a Cartersville, GA Orthodontist?
Many parents wonder when the right time is to bring their child to the orthodontist for the first time to obtain an initial evaluation. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should have their first visit with the orthodontist when they turn 7 years of age. This visit is strictly for an evaluation and is not to begin the process of beginning treatment. What this initial evaluation will do is identify any issues that may develop or any issues that may already exist.
The reason the AAO has chosen age 7 is because that is the age that some of the child’s permanent front teeth have come in. The child should also already have their first set of adult molars (also referred to as six-year molars). With these teeth in place, an orthodontist will be able to see how the child’s bite will probably develop over the next few years. A panoramic X-ray will also reveal if the child has any missing adult teeth. This happens to approximately 5 percent of the population. These X-rays will also show any deviation from normal tooth eruption.
Sometimes, a Cartersville, GA orthodontist may recommend treatment for children between the ages of 7 to 10 years. This is referred to as either phase one treatment or early treatment. The purpose of this early treatment is to correct any issues quickly and then evaluate the child periodically to see if there is a need for braces as they enter their teen years. Some of this phase one treatment can include palatal expander, braces on the front teeth, a retainer, or a combination of any of these.
If a child has overcrowding of their teeth, the orthodontist may recommend space maintainers to help minimize the crowding and any crookedness that could develop in the child’s adult teeth.
If the child does not need any early treatment, the orthodontist will likely recommend the child come back when they are between the ages of 11 and 14 to evaluate their teeth then.
Many parents think that they can only go see an orthodontist in Cartersville, GA if they are referred by the child’s dentist, but most orthodontists do not require a referral. They will notify your child’s dentist of their findings. Keep in mind, however, that your dental insurance may require the referral so check with them first.
Another question that many parents have has to do with the purpose of braces, wondering if they are necessary or is the treatment just cosmetic. After the evaluation, the orthodontist will make that determination. In many cases, braces are not just for cosmetic reasons, but are necessary for the health and wellbeing of the child.
Crooked teeth make it difficult to properly brush and floss your teeth. This can lead to a buildup of plaque bacteria, cavities, and gum disease. It’s also important to keep in mind that cosmetic reasons are also important. A child who is happy with their smile and straight teeth will likely have more self-confidence, contributing to their emotional health.
Is Your Child Ready to Meet with a Cartersville, GA Orthodontist?
If you would like to have your child evaluated and your questions answered, contact Vargo Orthodontics to meet with an orthodontist Cartersville, GA families recommend.