Greater Smiles for Children

Getting Off To A Good Start To A Greater Smile

An orthodontic exam by age seven is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists. We agree that when the permanent teeth begin coming into the mouth, the time for the first consultation is near. The majority of kids are not ready for treatment yet, but the consultation can set them on the right track for orthodontic health.

Most often, early orthodontic treatment does not prevent the need for braces later. Therefore, we are quite conservative when recommending early treatment. When early treatment is not indicated, we may place the patient on an annual recall schedule until the optimum time for treatment occurs.

There are, however, instances when early treatment is needed to avoid compromising the result, and we try to keep this treatment focused on limited goals so as not to unnecessarily extend treatment time.

Treatments for Common Conditions

The following are some typical problems we see that require early intervention:

Condition: Back teeth crossed over, causing the jaw to shift when your child bites together.

Solution: Expansion of upper jaw. Approximately 10 months of treatment.

Condition: Front teeth crossed over, causing excessive enamel wear or jaw to shift.

Solution: Limited braces on a few teeth. Approximately 3-5 months limited.

Condition: Poor tooth and jaw development due to poor muscle function.

Solution: Cemented or removable oral appliance.

Condition: Very poor eruption of permanent teeth.

Solution: Limited braces or, on occasion the removal of one or more primary teeth, but this does not mean permanent teeth need to be removed later.

Condition: Front teeth do not meet (open bite).

Solution: Cemented or fixed appliance or tongue habit therapy.

Condition: Flared or protrusive upper front teeth.

Solution: Limited braces, approximately six months.

Condition: Thumb or finger sucking.

Solution: Drs. Perelmuter & Glatt employ a unique technique of behavior modification to help our patients quit on their own—and there is no charge for this treatment!

Related Services:

Braces

It is never too late to get braces! People of all ages get braces. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy

First Visit

Before we decide which treatment is right for you, we need to find out IF treatment is right for you. Your first visit will focus on discovering and explaining your unique set of needs.

Greater Smiles for Children

The majority of orthodontic treatments can occur during childhood. Check out our list of common problems and typical solutions.

Greater Smiles for Adults

The number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment is on the rise. Half of our practice concentrates on the treatment of adult patients, so we are experienced in the different approaches for adult treatments.

iTero Scanner

There are many technological advances in all areas of dentistry and orthodontics, in particular. One of the latest of these is the iTero intra-oral scanner, which Perelmuter & Glatt Orthodontics acquired in the spring of 2012, making us the first practice in the metro area to do so.

Invisalign®

Straighten your teeth with a clear alternative to metal braces. (For Example: Invisalign®)

Clear aligners are a removable, discreet orthodontic treatment. They consist of a series of trays that you wear for several weeks at a time. As your teeth gently move into position, you start using the next set of trays.

Emergency Services

You never know when a dental emergency will happen. Thankfully, Perelmuter & Glatt Orthodontics is Louisville’s most trusted Dental Emergency team. We have a team of dental experts to serve you.