Children's Orthodontist Ridgefield, WA

Children's Orthodontist Ridgefield, WA
Posted on 01/04/2017

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Dr. Tyler Pritchard and the professionals at Pritchard Orthodontics know that a thorough dental evaluation from an orthodontist in Ridgefield, WA will reveal how your child’s teeth and mouth are growing. To evaluate how a child’s teeth are developing, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that every child get an examination with either a dentist or orthodontist by age 7. There are many reasons why you should have a dentist or an orthodontist examine your child’s mouth while they still have their baby teeth. 

The Benefit of Early Intervention

Many orthodontic patients receive better treatment outcomes when a problem is identified and corrected early on. For youngsters especially, a consultation with a qualified orthodontist may indicate where and how a young patient’s permanent (adult) teeth will grow in by examining the arrangement of the teeth and jaw while the primary (baby) teeth are still present in the child’s mouth.

Dr. Pritchard and the professionals at Pritchard Orthodontics in the Ridgefield, WA area have years of experience with children’s orthodontic treatment. A consultation from the Pritchard Orthodontics team also will give you the opportunity to become more familiar with the options for treatment that might become necessary as your child continues to grow.

Conditions to Watch For

A dentist or orthodontist can identify and correct several conditions with orthodontic treatments
Crowding
Open Bite
Cross Bite
Deep Bite
Spacing
Teeth emerging out of position

Interceptive Treatment

Interceptive treatment is designed to treat a problem before it becomes a problem, making current orthodontic treatment easier and possible future treatments less invasive. Your child may need interceptive treatment for any progressing orthodontic problems. 

Phase One of Treatment

Dr. Pritchard will examine their young patient and evaluate how your child’s teeth will develop after they lose their primary teeth. They will then work to guide the growth of the jaw and to make room for newly emerging teeth, so that crowding of the teeth won’t occur. This will also lower the risk of damage to any new teeth that are protruding or are starting to protrude. 

Phase Two of Treatment

This phase usually involves treatment with braces. Braces are designed to move your child’s permanent teeth into their correct final positions and to improve teeth function and facial appearance.

Give Your Child the Smile They Deserve!

Problems that can be treated in a growing child may relieve the patient of more radical and intrusive orthodontic measures later on in life. A child’s growth rate and their orthodontic treatment approach are meant to progress concurrently. The Pritchard Orthodontics team agrees that by timing orthodontic treatment with your child’s stages of development, Dr. Pritchard can make treatment easier by taking advantage of your child’s rate of growth. 

Get Started

Dr. Pritchard and the team at Pritchard Orthodontics in the Ridgefield, WA area can help answer any questions that you might have about children’s orthodontics. For more information or to schedule an initial consultation for your child, don't hesitate to contact Pritchard Orthodontics today!

Dr. Pritchard is the expert orthodontist of Pritchard Orthodontics. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Ridgefield, WA, Amboy, WA, Brush Prairie, WA, Yacolt, WA, Vancouver, Battle Ground, WA, or the 98642 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Pritchard contact Pritchard Orthodontics at: 360-667-4111