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Early Treatment Orthodontics

Give Your Child the Gift of a Beautiful Broad, Healthy Smile!


Dr. Lopez loves kids! And most certainly loves to help them have the straightest, healthiest smiles possible. Dr. Lopez has been extremely well educated on the benefits of offering early orthodontic care for children.


Most importantly, Dr. Lopez can treat your children at an early age! By treating your child’s problems early, you may save money and may prevent the need for more extensive future treatment. Dr. Lopez can help your child to be as healthy as possible by treating them with early orthodontic care, in some cases as early as 5 years old. We know our parents want the best for their children; straight teeth, properly sized jaws, straight profiles, being able to breathe properly through their nose and not their mouths, and of course, broad beautiful smiles!


Did You Know?

75% of 12-year-olds need orthodontic treatment? The problem is that 90% of a child’s face has already developed by that age.  Here at PureDental Group Dr. Lopez guide your child’s facial development early with functional appliances. Up to 80% of your child’s treatment can be corrected before the adult teeth are even present. By treating your child early you will undoubtedly spare your child being treated through their teens when acceptance to treatment is difficult and more difficult. Dr. Lopez loves helping the little ones to breathe freely along with many other issues that may occur due to airway problems and crowded teeth. Why should your child suffer?


Many children who need orthodontic treatment due to a bad bite have underdeveloped lower jaws.


Dr. Lopez utilizes functional appliances which can gently reposition the lower jaw forward, improve your child’s profile and correct the bite problem within 7 to 9 months. This process is fairly comfortable and Dr. Lopez has utilized functional appliances for many children.


Why are functional appliances so important?


Dr. Lopez utilizes functional appliances which can help correct and can often prevent: Bite problems, underdeveloped jaws, narrow arches, crowded teeth, deep overbites, jaw joint problems, airway problems and thumb-sucking habits.


Many children with narrow jaws, deep overbites or receding lower jaws have unhealthy jaw joints which can cause:


  • Headaches and neck pain
  • Dizziness and fainting
  • Earaches or ringing in the ears
  • Clicking and locking jaws, or difficulty opening jaws


Deep overbites and receding lower jaws may cause earaches, stuffiness or ringing in the ears. If infection has been ruled out, with functional appliances Dr. Lopez can eliminate these symptoms effectively.


Mouth breathing can lead to orthodontic problems as well as other problems such as poor sleep habits. This can leave children prone to daytime fatigue, an inability to concentrate in school and headaches. Mouth breathing can cause narrow arches and unattractive smiles. By using functional appliances while children are actively growing, Dr. Lopez and her team can help them achieve a broad, beautiful smile and prevent many issues.


Due to the fact that younger children between the ages of 5 and 11 are often much more cooperative than children between the ages of 12 to 14, the use of functional appliances becomes very smart! As well, early phase one treatment with functional appliances will probably mean that your child will need to wear fixed braces on their adult teeth for less time.



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