Orthodontics is a specialty branch of dentistry that involves the diagnosis and treatment of misaligned teeth and jawbones. Orthodontic treatment is available for patients of all ages, but is it recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association that children receive their initial orthodonic screening by age 7. At this age, any developing problems with their bite or tooth aligment will be apparent, and our dentist will be able to determine if and when orthodontic treatment should begin.
What is limited orthodontics?
Limited orthodontics, as the name suggests, deals with treating minor signs of orthodontic problems in both adults and children. Some orthodontic concerns may not require the need for expensive procedures and may only involve a few areas of teeth that are slightly misaligned or crooked. This may include correcting the alignment of the front or back teeth, addressing concerns of overcrowded teeth, or teeth with slight gaps or spaces between them.
What can limited orthodontics treat?
Some of the conditions that can be treated with limited orthodontics include:
- Teeth that are crooked or displaced due to thumb sucking
- Gaps and spaces between the teeth
- Teeth that have drifted out of alignment
- Teeth which have shifted out of place due to missing teeth
What are the benefits of limited orthodontics?
Limited orthodontics have several benefits, including resolving minor orthodontic problems with less effort and improving aligment and correcting bite issues effectively. Limited orthodontics also prevent the need for complicated procedures or a full course of orthodontic treatment. This type of orthodontic care is especially useful for children.
Request an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Lydon, to learn more about limited orthodontics in Irvine, California, today! Schedule your personalized orthodontic consultation by calling Lydon Dentistry at 949-660-1321 or making an appointment online.