Orthodontics

Child missing front tooth

Space Maintenance

If a baby tooth is pulled or falls out too early, the space needs to be held open long enough for the underlying permanent tooth to grow in. If it is not, then the adjacent teeth can drift and prevent the adult tooth from ever growing in. Preserving and maintaining space is much easier and comfortable for your child than dealing with an impacted permanent tooth that may require surgery & orthodontics to correct.

Interceptive Orthodontics

Our Palm Harbor-based pediatric dentists are trained in growth and development as well as interceptive orthodontics, or Phase 1 orthodontics, which occurs when the child still has a mixture of primary and permanent teeth. Though many orthodontic problems can wait until permanent teeth have come in, sometimes it’s better to correct certain problems sooner. Delaying treatment can lead to increased difficulty in correcting the problem, less stable results, abnormal jaw growth, abnormal tooth wear or increased risk of chipping a tooth.

Girl with dental braces

Close Up Smiling Girl  with Braces

Comprehensive Orthodontics

Typically comprehensive orthodontics begins after all or a majority of the child’s permanent teeth have erupted. Crooked teeth often are the cause of or can exacerbate an unhealthy bite. Orthodontists are able to examine a child’s bite and prescribe a treatment that can correct the position of the jaw and straighten teeth as a result. If your child has a crooked smile or has trouble eating or speaking now that their permanent teeth have grown in, head into the pediatric dental offices of Dr. Maggie Davis today for a consultation. Fortunately, our office has the unique advantage of having an Orthodontist, Dr. Alex Johnson, located right next door.

Visit Dr. Johnson’s website – Click Here

Brushing & Flossing with Braces

Poor oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment can wreak havoc on your smile and leave permanent white scars, gingivitis and decay.

How to brush with braces:

• Use a waterpik before brushing to help wash away any food that might be stuck around your braces.
• Brush 2-3 times a day for a minimum of 2 minutes using a small toothbrush. An electric toothbrush with a small brush head is ideal. Brush all surfaces of your teeth including under the brackets, over the wire, and on top of the brackets, paying attention to your gum line.
• Floss daily. Yes, we know it’s a pain in the neck but it is so important! Use Oral B® Superfloss, or regular floss threaders to get under your wire. The more you do it the quicker you will get!
• Use a proxy brush to clean in between brackets. These brushes resemble a mini pipe cleaner and are great for cleaning those hard to reach spots between your brackets!
• Use fluoride rinses like ACT to help strengthen enamel.
• Be sure to see a dentist every 3-6 months for a professional cleaning and exam.

Here are video demonstrations on proper oral hygiene:

Brushing with Braces – Click Here • 
Flossing with Braces  – Click Here • 
Cleaning with Proxy Brush  – Click Here • 

When plaque sits on your teeth for too long it begins to decalcify your tooth enamel and will eventually turn into a cavity. If the plaque is not removed from around brackets quickly with brushing and flossing, it can cause permanent white spots or lines on your teeth.

Plaque also irritates the gums causing gingivitis. Gums may be red, puffy or swollen and may bleed during brushing or flossing. Gingivitis also causes bad breath and eventually, left untreated, leads to periodontitis.

Interdental brushing