braces for kids and Teens

Why are so many young kids getting braces? Should braces be started when baby teeth are still present? Why not wait until all the permanent teeth are in? If you are a parent, these questions may sound very familiar to you.

The most important step in answering these questions begins with a comprehensive exam and accurate diagnosis by orthodontist, Dr. Rucker. He is an orthodontic specialist trained to diagnose and correct tooth alignment problems as well as facial skeletal growth imbalances.

Timing the start of orthodontic treatment while your child is still growing is critical in obtaining the best dental and facial outcomes. Sometimes this means getting braces started closer to age 7 when baby teeth are still present. We call this early or phase 1 treatment. If early treatment isn't necessary then we time the start of orthodontics around the adolescent growth spurt while your child is still growing and when all the permanent teeth are in.

 

How Your Child Will Benefit From Orthodontic Treatment

  • Guided growth of the upper and lower jaws
  • Improvement in facial balance and the way lips meet
  • Dental arch development
  • Broader more attractive smile
  • Increase in airway
  • Decreased risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • Correction of harmful oral habits, such as tongue thrust and thumb sucking
  • Improved self confidence
  • More effective brushing and flossing with proper tooth alignment
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THE MOST COMMON REASONS FOR EARLY (PHASE 1) ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT

Underbite (Anterior Crossbite): The cause can be dental, skeletal, or a combination of the two. Early treatment is critical as the majority of upper jaw growth occurs around age 7. Tooth trauma and gum recession is also likely to occur as a result of this type of bite.

Posterior Crossbite: Just like an underbite, the cause can be dental, skeletal, or a combination of the two. It also needs to be treated early for the same reasons. In addition, posterior crossbites also create crowding since the arch form is narrower than what it needs to be to match the larger arch form of the lower jaw.

Protrusive Front Teeth: When front teeth are positioned too far forward they are at a much higher risk for tooth trauma from sports or other physical activities. 

Crowding: This is one of the most common reasons for early orthodontic treatment. Simply put, adult sized teeth are trying to fit in child sized jaws. This mismatch creates an obvious dental situation in which arch development, or widening, through orthodontic treatment is required to create space for permanent tooth eruption. Early correction can also prevent more serious complications such as tooth impactions.

Spacing: A large gap between the upper front teeth will almost never close without braces. Most often the gap is caused by the lip attachment, or frenum, being positioned too far down between the teeth. The excessive spacing takes up too much space for other permanent teeth to otherwise erupt normally.

Anterior Open Bite: This type of bite is typically created by a bad habit, such as tongue thrust or thumb sucking. The habit creates a skeletal imbalance, or malformed jaw, which in turn creates a dental problem. Eliminating the habit at a young age is critical in establishing normal jaw form and dental function.

Deep Bite (Overbite): Too much closure of the top teeth over the bottom teeth can cause gum damage to the roof of the mouth. It also causes the lower face to appear shorter and collapsed. It is important to correct a deep bite early to allow the back teeth to erupt normally, protect the health of the gums, and allow for better facial growth.

Impacted and Missing Teeth: Most of the time impacted or missing teeth are due to genetics and are best treated with early diagnosis. Timing of orthodontic treatment is critical in keeping treatment options available when all the other permanent teeth have erupted.

Ectopic Eruption: There are several reasons why a tooth will erupt in a location outside the normal position. Early alignment is critical while many baby teeth are falling out and permanent teeth are erupting.

Kimberly Betts
Kimberly Betts
23:25 03 May 19
We love Dr. Rucker’s office! Kind and friendly staff and very thorough and professional.
Jessica K
Jessica K
22:57 03 May 19
Professional and ethical from start to finish. Office is pristine. Staff friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Dr. Rucker is a perfectionist & it shows through and through!
Mary Porter
Mary Porter
04:17 02 May 19
Skylen Goebel
Skylen Goebel
00:04 02 May 19
I just got my braces off about a week ago, I have amazing straight teeth. I had chipped my tooth to and they could fix it. I definitely recommend you going there.😊
Kendall Le
Kendall Le
22:13 01 May 19
I 100% recommend Rucker!! The outcome is amazing and the staff is so incredible!!
Noah Tovar
Noah Tovar
02:31 01 May 19
camille wettlaufer
camille wettlaufer
18:05 30 Apr 19
Thank you Dr. Rucker and staff for an awesome experience and beautiful results for my daughters smile. You are amazing!
Bobby Johnston
Bobby Johnston
02:24 30 Apr 19
Beautiful office, friendly staff. My daughter didn’t have a ton of change needed with her smile but she wanted to try Invisalign to make minor adjustments. It was easy and quick. We are all happy with the results.
Christine Chapin
Christine Chapin
21:09 29 Apr 19
I have never met a more professional staff. Rosie in particular goes above and beyond to greet you with her uplifting personality. You always receive quality care and that is so important to me and my family!
Jessica Ramirez
Jessica Ramirez
18:01 29 Apr 19
The facility is new and super clean, the staff is very friendly and helpful, and Dr. Rucker is very professional and thorough when recommending/performing treatment! Would definitely recommend you check them out when looking for an orthodontist for yourself or your children😁
Katie Hensley
Katie Hensley
17:23 29 Apr 19
Every person in Dr. Rucker's office is professional, kind, and a pleasure to be around. I highly recommend them to anyone who lives in the Temecula Valley!
joleen huber
joleen huber
23:07 28 Apr 19
Love Dr. Rucker‘s office. He is so kind and gentle and the staff is so sweet.
Kylee Grimm
Kylee Grimm
23:12 26 Apr 19
Candace Rabago
Candace Rabago
21:26 26 Apr 19
Sumer Wilson
Sumer Wilson
10:25 26 Apr 19
My daughter had a wonderful experience all around!! They are great! Highly recommended!
Rebecca Gutierrez
Rebecca Gutierrez
05:19 25 Apr 19

Jonathan W. Rucker, DDS, MS
Specialist in Orthodontics

Phone: 951-302-0685
Email: info@ruckerorthodontics.com

 

31560 Rancho Pueblo Road, Ste. 201,
Temecula, CA, 92592