Reginald A. Griggs, DDS
Orthodontist located in Castro Valley, CA
Early detection of jaw and teeth problems can help ensure your child has a smile they love. If your dentist recommends your child see an orthodontist, you want to ensure you have one that will put them at ease and give them a permanently beautiful smile. Using a variety of orthodontic treatments, Dr. Griggs and his team help ensure your child feels confident in their smile for years to come. Ensure your child has the perfect smile. Schedule an appointment at Griggs Orthodontics today by using the online scheduling system, or calling the office.
Children's Orthodontics Q & A
What is children’s orthodontics?
Parents, relatives, and friends all enjoy a picture of a child with gapped teeth or a crooked smile. Often, remarked as being “cute”, it’s important to still be sure there isn’t a more significant issue with your child’s mouth as they develop.
Children’s orthodontists like Dr. Griggs and his team can monitor these concerns and ensure your child won’t have any problems develop as they do.
When should my child see an orthodontist?
It’s difficult to know what your dentist can correct, and when it’s time to see a children’s orthodontist. The best way to know it’s time to take your child to visit a children’s orthodontist is by the recommendation of your dentist.
What are the benefits of an early visit to an orthodontist?
As with many health concerns, early detection is key to preventing larger problems for your child down the road.
It’s recommended that your child see an orthodontist by age seven to determine if orthodontic treatment is needed for them.
At this age, enough teeth have broken through that the team can decide if treatment will be necessary, but your child is still young enough that an orthodontist can guide the development of their teeth and jaws.
What types of treatments may be used for my child?
Children’s orthodontics involves many treatment options, but perhaps the most common orthodontic treatment kids experience is braces. Braces are used to straighten teeth, as well as space them out more evenly in the mouth.
Your doctor may also use:
- Headgear to correct overbites
- Retainers to maintain results following braces
- Spacers to help even out teeth
How can I prepare my child for a visit to the orthodontist?
Visiting the orthodontist can be scary for your child, especially if they aren’t prepared. You can make their visit a little less scary by:
- Explaining why they need to see an orthodontist
- Talking about what the doctor will do beforehand
- Listening to any concerns they have
Finding a provider that works well with children is important too. At Griggs Orthodontics, they love seeing young patients and they work hard to make their visit and experience a positive one.
If your child could benefit from children’s orthodontic care, be sure to schedule an appointment online or over the phone with Dr. Reginald Griggs and his team today to give them a healthy, beautiful smile!