Oral Appliances

Are you concerned about your child’s smile development? Do you wonder if there are options beyond traditional braces to address their dental concerns? At Frisco Mini Molars Pediatric Dentistry, we offer a range of custom oral appliances designed to address your child’s unique dental needs. From guiding erupting teeth to creating space for crowded smiles, we’re here to provide answers and solutions that help your child achieve a smile they’ll love to show off.

Why Oral Appliances Matter for Your Child

Orthodontic issues such as crowding, spacing, and misalignment can impact not only the appearance of your child’s smile but also their oral function and overall oral health. Oral appliances offer a non-invasive and effective way to address these concerns and guide your child’s dental development toward optimal alignment and harmony. Whether your child needs gentle guidance for erupting teeth or space creation for crowded smiles, our custom oral appliances provide the support and guidance necessary for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Our Oral Appliance Solutions

At Frisco Mini Molars Pediatric Dentistry, we believe in the power of personalized care to make every dental experience positive and meaningful for your child. Dr. Mitchell takes the time to understand your child’s unique dental needs, preferences, and goals, crafting customized treatment plans prioritizing their comfort, safety, and long-term oral health. Some of the oral appliances we provide are:

blue spiral [Converted]-02
Bands and Loops

Band and loops are indispensable components in comprehensive orthodontic treatment, particularly when addressing premature tooth loss. These orthodontic appliances serve a dual purpose: they prevent crowding by maintaining the space left by the missing tooth and act as placeholders until the permanent tooth is prepared to erupt naturally. By anchoring onto adjacent teeth, bands and loops ensure that the surrounding teeth do not shift into the gap, thus preserving the alignment of the dental arch. This proactive approach not only facilitates the proper eruption of the permanent tooth but also helps in achieving optimal dental alignment and function in the long term.

Asset 18

Expanders, also known as palatal expanders or orthodontic expanders, are devices used to widen the upper jaw and create additional space for crowded or misaligned teeth. They consist of a custom-made appliance that is bonded to the upper molars and connected by a screw mechanism in the center. By gradually turning the screw, the expander applies gentle pressure to the palate, gradually expanding the width of the upper jaw over time.

Expanders are often recommended for children with narrow dental arches, crowding, or crossbites, as they can help create a more harmonious and balanced smile while improving overall oral function and alignment. Dr. Mitchell will assess your child's oral anatomy and orthodontic needs to determine if an expander is the right solution for them.

Are Oral Appliances Painful to Wear?

While there may be some initial discomfort or adjustment period when first wearing oral appliances, they are not typically painful to wear. Your child may experience mild pressure or soreness as their teeth and jaw adjust to the appliance, but this discomfort should subside over time.

How Long Does it Take to See Results With Oral Appliances?

The timeframe for seeing results with oral appliances can vary depending on the specific dental issues being addressed and the individual response to treatment. In general, you may start to see improvements in your child’s smile and oral function within a few weeks to months of wearing the appliance.

Oral Appliances in Frisco, TX

If you believe your child may benefit from oral appliances such as bands and loops or expanders, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Laura Mitchell at Frisco Mini Molars Pediatric Dentistry. Together, we’ll explore your child’s orthodontic options and develop a personalized treatment plan to help them achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. Contact us today! Together, we’ll find the answers and solutions that bring out the best in your child’s smile!