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DrB4Kids “Flat Dr B” Photo Contest Winner Announced – Live

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DrB4Kids Pediatric Dentist in Langhorne Announces Contest Winner on Youtube

Our children’s dental office ran a contest for our pediatric and orthodontic patients on Facebook. We gave out “FlatDrB” cardboard photos and asked everyone to be creative. All patients voted for their favorites and we chose the winner from the top five finalists. In addition to the $500 prize Dr.Bechtloff donated $150 to the charity of their choice. Read more about Dr.B online.

Early Orthodontics Treatment by DrB4Kids

What is Early Orthodontic Treatment or Phase 1?

Langhorne,Pa. http://www.DrB4Kids.com

Many parents ask me if the early orthodontic treatment has to be applied when their child still has lots of baby teeth?

While not all orthodontic treatment problems can be fixed at this age, the severity of many problems can be reduced and the self-esteem of the young patient improved dramatically with the use of some type of simple growth modification device like an expander, habit appliance (to stop thumb or finger sucking) or functional appliance (to reduce an overbite or improve and underbite).

Teeth that erupt into the wrong place, may never look as good even if their position is corrected later. The incidence of extracting healthy permanent and baby teeth can be dramatically reduced and perhaps most important is the improvement in self-esteem that a child can receive from a healthy attractive smile before going to junior high school.

In addition to the cosmetic advantages, if the upper jaw is too narrow, all the top permanent teeth will erupt in the wrong places.  When the back teeth come in on the inside of the bottom teeth we call that a cross-bite.  This can actually cause your child’s lower jaw to shift to the side causing a crooked face and poor jaw joint function.  At DrB4Kids, we are concerned about both the health and appearance of the children in Langhorne.

 A small overbite is usually not an indicator for early orthodontic treatment, but moderate to severe conditions can cause social problems for young patients and make them more susceptible to dental injuries because the teeth stick out. Although overbites cannot be totally eliminated until a child has finish growing, it is advisable to reduce their severity for reasons of safety and self-esteem. 

So, Is your child a candidate for early orthodontic treatment, braces or Invisalign Teen?  Why not ask Dr. Bechtloff on your child’s next checkup visit?