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Thomas & Associates :

Pediatric Dentistry in North Canton, Ohio

A child’s primary teeth, also called “baby teeth,” are just as important as their permanent teeth will be later in life. Children also have particular needs when it comes to sitting in the dentist’s chair.

At Thomas & Associates you can be assured that we’ll provide gentle, comfortable care for each of your children.

When do babies fist get their teeth?

A child’s first teeth begin to erupt usually around 6 months.

What do teeth do?

Obviously, teeth enable the child to chew, but they also help with speaking and hold a place in the jaw for permanent teeth down the road. Most kids will have a full compliment of primary teeth by age three.

What age do children lose teeth?

They begin to shed those in favor of permanent ones around age six. The first of their 32 permanent teeth also begin to appear around then.

What should children first go to a dentist?

It’s important to supervise your child brushing and instill good habits. The American Dental Association recommends a first visit to the dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts and no later than their first birthday.

How do can you protect your children’s teeth?

Also, you may consider sealants when your children’s first molars appear. Sealants create a thin barrier that protect the teeth from decay-causing bacteria.

If you are looking for a pediatric dentist in the North Canton or surrounding Ohio areas, contact Dr. Thomas & Associates.

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Children’s Tooth Sealants

How are tooth sealants applied to a child’s teeth?

Before sealants can be applied, the dentist or assistant must first clean and dry the tooth to be treated. They then paint a thin layer of liquid plastic material on the pits and fissures of the tooth. After application of the plastic liquid, blue spectrum natural light is shined on the applied material for a few seconds to cure the plastic. Alternatively, some brands of sealants self-cure via a chemical process.

After curing, the plastic becomes a hard, thin layer covering the treated portions of the tooth.

How long do tooth sealants last on your teeth?

Despite the incredible pressures effected on teeth during chewing each day, dental sealants may remain effective for five years or longer, although sealants do wear naturally and may become damaged over time. Bacteria and food particles may eventually become entrapped under the dental sealants, and can thus cause decay in the very teeth intended to be protected.

If you are looking to apply a tooth Sealant in the North Canton, or surrounding Ohio areas, contact Thomas & Associates.

Orthodontics

What does an Orthodontist do?

Orthodontics treats a dental problem known as malocclusion or, in simple English, “bad bite.” There are several types of of malocclusions, most of which are inherited. Some others are simply acquired as we grow up.

Typical malocclusions include:

  • Extra or crowed teeth
  • Missing teeth or a misaligned jaw
  • Some problems can start pretty early from early or late loss of baby teeth and thumb-sucking
  • Accidents can be another cause

Children aren’t the only ones who can benefit from Orthodonist’s touch. Adult treatment can correct many problems, while improving both appearance and confidence.

When should you be evaluated for braces?

Children should receive an evaluation by age seven. Adults, because their facial bones have stopped growing, may not benefit solely by braces. At times, other treatments are needed to work in concert with orthodontics.

How long do you have to have braces on?

Although it varies based on each individual, typically, braces are in place for 24 months. Adult treatment may take a bit longer.

What should you expect at your Orthodontist appointment?

First, a pretreatment record is made as a diagnostic tool. This includes a medical/dental history, clinical exam and creating plaster study models of the patient’s teeth. Photos are also taken of the patient’s face and teeth along with X-rays of both the mouth and head. All this information is used in determining the best course of action.

Since everybody is unique, Dr. Mike will customize a  treatment plan for your individual teeth straightening needs. There are a variety of different orthodontic appliances available. Based on the treatment plan, the best appliance is selected and constructed.

After the appliance is in place, treatment moves to the “active” phase.

During this time, the appliance is periodically adjusted so the teeth are moved correctly. It’s very important that the patient works their part of the treatment plan by wearing rubber bands and making their recall appointments.

After the active phase, treatment moves into the “retention” phase.

This is simply a matter of wearing a retainer to insure the teeth stay in their new locations.

Modern braces

People are often concerned about “brace-face.” Rest assured, today’s braces are much less noticeable than those of days gone by. Brackets, that part of the brace that hold the wire, are bonded to the teeth. They can be metal, but there are also clear and tooth-colored options. Today’s wires are less noticeable, too. New materials allow for a steady, gentle pressure on the teeth. This results in a faster process and more comfort for the patient.

Although orthodontic treatment requires time, most people feel the benefits far outweigh the time invested in the overall treatment.

If you are looking for an Orthodontist in the North Canton or surrounding Ohio areas, contact Dr. Thomas & Associates.

Below are before and after examples of the orthodontic procedure:

Before

After

Braces

Dental braces (also known as orthodontic braces) are a device used in orthodontics to align teeth and their position with regard to a person’s bite.

Braces are often used to correct malocclusions such as underbites, overbites, cross bites and open bites, or crooked teeth and various other flaws of teeth and jaws, whether cosmetic or structural.

Teeth braces are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to widen the palate or jaws or otherwise shape the teeth and jaws. They are mainly used on children and teenagers, however adults can also use them.

How do tooth braces straighten your teeth?

Teeth move through the use of force. The force applied by the archwire pushes the tooth in a particular direction and a stress is created within the periodontal ligament.

A tooth will usually move about a millimeter per month during orthodontic movement, but there is high individual variability.

If you are looking to get braces on your teeth and you live in the North Canton, Ohio or surrounding areas, contact Dr. Thomas & Associates.