Be Proactive About Your Children’s Healthy Smiles

Interceptive treatment can set your child’s smile on the right track. As your child is growing, we can intervene if we notice problems. This can guide how their jaw grows, which can reduce or even eliminate the need for braces or other orthodontic care as they get older.

We will examine your child’s teeth and jaw carefully when you visit us for an orthodontic assessment. We may take some X-rays for a better understanding of the condition of their teeth and the supporting bones. Based on what we see, we might recommend:

  • Space Maintainers – This treatment is done to keep a spot in their mouth open if your child has lost a primary tooth before a permanent tooth is ready to emerge. Space maintainers prevent other teeth from drifting into that gap and causing crowding or other problems.
  • Palatal Expanders – Many children’s upper jaws are not naturally wide enough to allow all of their teeth to erupt. A palatal expander gradually pushes apart the halves of their jaw. This can reduce the risk of problems associated with a narrow airway, including breathing issues and sleep disorders.

Call Kirchner Dental of St. Matthews today at 502-430-3451 or schedule online for an orthodontic consultation for your child. Keep your child’s smile as healthy as possible with preventive orthodontics in Louisville, KY.