Many children require the guidance of dental and facial development as the first phase of orthodontic treatment, commonly known as the first phase or Interceptive Orthodontics. It is basically an early correction of something that could grow bad.
- Preventive orthodontic treatment focuses on eliminating the factors which if left uncorrected, would result in a problematic dentition. A few preventive treatments are,
- Band and Loop Space Maintainer
- Lower Lingual Holding Arch
- Nance Holding Arch and Transpalatal Arch
- Tongue Crib and Tongue Rake
One of the preventive treatment is space maintenance. If your child loses a tooth early or has a baby tooth extracted due to dental decay, they might need a space maintainer to avoid crooked or crowded growth of the permanent tooth.
There are two types of space maintainers for children – removable and fixed. Removable space maintainers are very much like orthodontic appliances usually made of acrylic. And then there are fixed space maintainers which are of four different kinds, unilateral, crown and loop, distal shoe and lingual.
The space maintainer is made by the orthodontist, and it may take your child a few days to get accustomed to wearing the appliance.
Our doctors have a review with your child and you, explaining the proper ways to clean the space maintainer thoroughly so that the gum tissue remains healthy and free of dental plaque.
Our team of pediatric dentists are highly efficient and experienced in dealing with children and their dental issues, we use the most advanced technology to diagnose and treat our patients and help them preserve their best smile for a longer time. You can book an appointment or visit us directly at our hospital for a consult.