Orthodontics for Kids and Teens in Huntington Beach

Orthodontics for Kids and Teens in Huntington Beach

Dr. Hou understands the need for early treatment and its function within the natural growth of a child. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children should have an evaluation with an orthodontist by the age of 7 regardless of how many teeth have erupted.

Orthodontics for Kids

The need to have a customized treatment plan is essential for everyone. WildSmiles or Invisalign usually starts once the permanent teeth are in place at the age of 12 or 13. This is known as Phase 2 treatment. Dr. Hou understands the need for early treatment and its function within the natural growth of a child. A well-executed Phase 1 will ensure any further treatment like Phase 2 and beyond is reduced and planned for.

    Space Maintainers

    A child’s permanent teeth are guided into place by the baby teeth. If trauma or tooth decay occurs, the permanent teeth may emerge into the wrong position. The job of a space maintainer is to reserve the space where the permanent teeth are expected to come in and is often used for children who have missing baby teeth.

    • Missing teeth from an accident

    • Premature extraction from decay

    • Baby teeth that have failed to emerge

    • Disease

    Invisalign® Clear Aligners

    Invisalign treatment involves wearing a series of clear, removable aligners to help in straightening the teeth gradually. The clear aligners are designed using a patented thermoplastic material to control the teeth movement and help guide the teeth into their appropriate position.

    Traditional Braces

    Traditional braces consist of standard metal brackets that are placed on your teeth with an adhesive and connected by wire.

    Overall Treatment

    regardless of the type of treatment, Dr. Hou will work closely with you and your children to ensure they have a positive orthodontic experience throughout the treatment period. Maintaining good oral health and wearing aligners for the prescribed time must be discussed and followed as diverting from the treatment plan will prolong the treatment time.

    Results of Early Orthodontic Treatment

    Some of the most direct results of this type of treatment are:

    • Preserving space for unerupted teeth

    • Reducing the need for tooth remova

    • Reducing treatment time with braces

    • Creating room for crowded teeth

    • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth

    • Reducing the risk of trauma to the protruding front teeth

Orthodontics for Teens

Don't hesitate to give us a call when you noticing your teens with the following:

  • Misaligned jaw and teeth.

  • Biting the roof of the mouth or the cheeks

  • Improper bite or open bite

  • Premature or delayed loss of baby teeth

  • Trouble biting or chewing properly

  • TMJ problems

There are many factors that determine the amount of time a teen must wear braces including age, type of treatment and individual needs or issues that should be addressed. Typically, this can be anywhere from 12 to 24 months.

Since no two treatments are ever alike, Dr. Judy Hou, known for attention to details and her patience, will give you a comprehensive and detailed explanation about your treatment. Just call to schedule a consultation now!!!

Invisalign Teen Now Available

One without brackets and wires, Invisalign Teen with blue dot technology is a removable clear aligner that you can take out to eat and brush your teeth. You can easily maintaining a good oral hygiene and strengthening your teeth by wearing Invisalign trays. Check our Invisalign Teen page .