Differences between pediatric and adult orthodontics

Written by: Dr. David González Zamora
Edited by: Top Doctors®

¿What is orthodontics


Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the study, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of anomalies that may be on the occlusion of the teeth and growth of the maxilla and mandible. Treatments are performed by different orthodontic appliances aimed at harmonizing the growth of a child 's face and occlusion of the patient.


¿, which differs in the pediatric orthodontics in adults


Well, orthodontics has different goals according to age on the patient. When treating a child with orthodontic objectives we have to ask is, or avoid future possible problems with occlusion or child growth or stimulate the growth of the maxilla and mandible if there is a difference in position or size of these bones. Now when the child is a little older, twelve years, in adolescence, would spend a braces treatment with fixed braces, Invisalign and the goal is completely different, we no longer rely or focus so much on treatment bones, but what we do is to put teeth to correct malocclusion.


¿At what age should a child go to the orthodontist to check your teeth


A child should begin seeing a dentist about two, three years. We would have to see the dentist, which is the dental specialist in young children. In 90 % of cases will never require treatment but that 10% we can detect problems early and that maybe if they require early treatment. Then, about six years, should go to the orthodontist who specializes in orthodontics and on occasion require early, early treatment due to skeletal problems and bone during growth of the child is very easy to correct, which if that problem had an adult or adolescent patient even the solution will be much more complex.


¿What are the latest developments in the field of orthodontics


In today's contemporary orthodontic almost all the news and developments are about adult orthodontics. The current trend is to develop customized equipment, individualized, custom-made for each patient. Until today we had brackets that were standard in all patients the same bracket was coming down and for several months we had to make amends, to go to work the case to individualize the final result. Today this is no longer so. Through individualized appliance manufacture, we are able to shorten the treatment time in months compared to traditional braces. Today, using intraoral scanner, we scan the patient's mouth, we obtain a 3D digital model that had the computer directly, and the digital model was sent to California or Germany, which is where the factory to develop us as this apparatus. Not only do we manufacture a custom device but also by the computer, using 3D design, we are able to move teeth and teach you the patient before treatment begins what will be the end result and will be able to see a design of the as for the smile in less time.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection
Dr. David González Zamora

By Dr. David González Zamora

Dr. Gonzalez Zamora develops its healthcare activity as a specialist doctor in the Smilodon Clinic, of which he is founder and medical director. He is an expert in lingual orthodontics, Insignia Damon System, Invisalign, orthognathic surgery and treatment in children. He has been a Lecturer at numerous courses and conferences internationally.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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