Frequently Asked Orthodontic & Pediatric Dental Questions – Arlington Heights, IL

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You need to learn everything you can if you want to complete your orthodontic treatment without a hitch or get your child optimal dental care as they grow up. Our two board-certified orthodontists and our board-certified pediatric dentist can answer your questions during your initial consultation or one of your regular appointments. If the information you need is not on this page, please call us today so that we can help you as soon as possible.

When Should I Schedule My Child’s First Dental Appointment?

If you have an infant that has never seen the dentist before, their first appointment should be within six months of the eruption of their first baby tooth – ideally before their first birthday. For older children that have seen the dentist before but haven’t had a checkup in over six months, you should make an appointment immediately.

Is It an Emergency if the Baby Teeth are Knocked Out?

Baby teeth don’t need to be replanted if they’re knocked out, but we do need to evaluate the situation to see if additional damage was done. As such, it’s best to treat it as a potential dental emergency and call our pediatric dental office right away.

When Should Thumb-Sucking Stop?

Children usually stop sucking their thumbs on their own. Some stop relatively early after 6 or 7 months, but some might not stop until between ages 2 and 4. If the habit lasts longer than that, intervention is needed if you want to minimize the risk of orthodontic issues.

What’s the Right Age for Orthodontic Treatment?

An initial orthodontic consultation should take place around age 8. The ideal time for braces is usually between the ages of 10 and 14 due to the jawbone tissue still being relatively soft and receptive to repositioning. However, orthodontic treatment is a viable option for almost anyone with most or all their permanent teeth.

Can I Straighten My Teeth Without Braces?

You may be able to correct mild or moderate orthodontic issues without braces thanks to Invisalign. The changes are made by special aligners that are nearly invisible when worn and can be taken out for meals. Invisalign is usually better for teens and adults who have the discipline not to remove the aligners unnecessarily.

What is an Orthodontic Emergency?

An orthodontic emergency is usually characterized by an intense amount of pain that you are unable to relieve with normal methods, a broken orthodontic appliance or bracket, or a wire jabbing you in the cheek. These issues should be resolved immediately, so keep our phone number on hand so you can call us if you need to.

Do You Take My Insurance?

Our pediatric dental office accepts Delta Dental Premier for pediatric dental care and MetLife for orthodontic services. To learn more about the benefits that you can take advantage of at our pediatric dental office, call us today.