Pediatric Dentistry in Duncanville, TX
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that dentists screen kids for orthodontic problems by age seven. Why so early? Orthodontic issues often become apparent as permanent teeth emerge. Dr. Barefield and our children’s dentists use interceptive orthodontics to thwart the development of dental problems and give kids happy, healthy smiles.
Primary, or baby, teeth serve as placeholders for permanent teeth. The premature loss of primary teeth may cause other teeth to drift out of position, which can make permanent teeth grow incorrectly. Our dentists use custom-made space maintainers to stop movement and guide permanent teeth into their ideal position. Space maintainers may be fixed or removable and are typically made of stainless steel and/or plastic.
Sometimes, children’s dental arches are too small to accommodate all of their permanent teeth. Interceptive orthodontic treatment can widen the dental arch to create space for permanent teeth to properly emerge. Arch expansion minimizes or eliminates the risk of crowding and results in a healthier, more attractive smile. Visit our office to experience dentistry from a child’s perspective. Call our Duncanville pediatric dental office today to schedule your child’s interceptive orthodontics appointment with Dr. Barefield or one of our caring associates. We give kids a head start on a lifetime of terrific smiles!