Your First Visit
Corpus Christi, TX
From the moment that first little tooth emerges, it becomes important to start monitoring your child’s oral health. These primary teeth help form the words needed for communication while supplying the nutrition that strengthens their bodies. Here at Star Orthodontics, we understand the concerns a parent might have regarding their child’s teeth and are dedicated to keeping their smiles in good shape during all phases of development.
Healthy Mouths For Little Ones
Though it may not seem like a big deal to take care of baby teeth, since they are, after all, temporary, that is actually the opposite of the truth. Especially if your child is inclined to suck on their fingers beyond the age of three, oral care can be a preventative measure that is effective against an open bite or misalignment. When it is detected early, it can be reversed or stopped before it can become a problem that could compromise your child’s oral health.
With natural oral development, it may not be important to see us until your child is closer to the age of seven, which is when they start to get their permanent teeth. If there are concerns that your child may be developing an overbite or there is a genetic history of dental issues, X-rays can be taken and be used to determine if orthodontic or surgical intervention is necessary. When caught early, many problems, such as impacted or crooked teeth, can be prevented or reversed before they can cause trouble with your child’s ability to speak or eat.
Your Child’s First Visit
It is a good idea to get your young kids used to regular dental visits with us, to not only alleviate unnecessary anxiety in the future but also establish the rapport that is essential for a comfortable dental and orthodontic experience. Many adults often prolong the time between their visits due to fear of the unknown, which could be easily prevented for children once they understand the importance of good oral health.
When we meet your child for the first time, we may recommend talking to them one-on-one, while you remain in the waiting room. If they are under the age of four, it is fine for a parent to stay for the exam, but older children may appreciate the responsibility that comes with independence.
X-rays are likely to be taken and will be used to determine what is needed for future orthodontic consideration. Because of advancements in digital technology, we are able to detect issues that might not be easily detected otherwise with a standard X-ray. If there are any concerns, we will be happy to discuss them with you immediately, to decide together which orthodontic measures could be the most beneficial for your child’s oral development.
It can be easy to understand why dental health is critical at every stage, and the primary reason why we here at Star Orthodontics have dedicated our practice to ensure your child receives the best oral care possible. For any questions about early childhood orthodontics or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 361-371-8555.