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Can Braces Fix My Child’s Impacted Canine?

Child Braces Marietta GA

Canines — sometimes called “eye teeth” or “cuspids” — are the four pointed teeth designed for cutting and tearing firm foods like meat. The upper canines are some of the last adult teeth to erupt.

Unfortunately, about 1 in 50 people will experience an impaction of their cuspids. Even if their canines partially erupt, the tooth may cut through the gums extremely high, over other teeth in the mouth.

The good news is that addressing impacted canines early can make it possible to bring them down into the appropriate alignment.

How it Works

Typically, with impacted canines, their position will determine who performs the first step of care. It may be that we uncover the tooth in our office or refer you to an oral surgeon for the procedure. Once the tooth is uncovered and we can physically access it, a bracket is attached to the tooth the same way we bond appliances to other teeth.

From there, an orthodontic system uses the stability of adjacent teeth to help pull the canine down, with the help of the attached appliances. The only difference is that instead of straightening teeth that are crowded or gapped, we’re adjusting the occlusal (biting relationship) “up and down” positioning.

The key to effective impacted canine treatment is to start early, before the tooth’s full root anatomy is completely developed. The earlier you have your child’s bite evaluated, the more likely you will catch significant bite concerns like an impacted canine while it’s still “treatable”.

Reserve a Consultation

Is your child’s tooth eruption delayed? Has your family dentist mentioned an impacted canine in your child’s mouth? Reserve an exam with William R. Kincer – Orthodontist today!

Posted on behalf of William R. Kincer Practice Limited to Orthodontics

44 Old Hamilton Road
Marietta, Georgia 30064

Phone: (770) 424-5280

Monday – Thursday
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Our Patient Reviews

William R. Kincer, D.M.D., P.C.

5.0/ 5.0

Based on 19 reviews

  • We are beyond thankful for Dr. Kincer and his team!! Dr. Kincer is one of the most honest and conservative Orthodontist, which is a VERY rare find in the industry. We moved to south Florida about halfway through our treatment of 18 months and did not switch orthodontists; that’s how much Dr. Kincer means to us! Our daughter’s smile is absolutely beautiful!!

    Lindsay D
  • Dr. Kincer is the BEST at what he does!!! Both of my girls have been under Dr. Kincer's care, with exceptional results. They both began treatment at age 8, because of their tiny mouths that required Phase I and Phase II treatments. As a result of his recommended treatment plan, our girls will have exceptional teeth for life. Our family is incredibly thankful for Dr. Kincer's meticulous care that resulted in BEAUTIFUL smiles!!!

    Jen B
  • Dr. Kincer is the best. I am almost a year into my treatment and i have nothing but great things to say. He is so kind and his team is amazing. They are simply amazing and truly care for what their customers need and what their teeth need. I highly recommend Doctor Kincer to anyone looking for orthodontics.

    Jennie H
  • Excellent orthodontist. Invisalign was the best money I ever spent on myself. Dr. Kincer is meticulous, thorough, has attention to detail, and fixed my flared teeth. Everyone is always complimenting my smile. He is always timely, professional, and his support staff (Jennifer and Lynn) are really caring. He is able to shave down teeth to make them aesthetically fit my smile and proportions. Dr. Kincer and Lynn really make sure their patients are comfortable-- especially when it comes down to removing attachments for invisalign and IPR, when your teeth are already sensitive. I recommended him to my brother and little cousin for orthodontic work and for their retainers :)

    Kimberly T
  • After having my braces off for 12 years. I go in today to see my little sister get her braces off, and Dr. Kincer readjusted my Old retainers to fit again!! He is a great orthodontist!

    Brittany B
  • Our family has been using Dr. Kincer for the past 10 years. Our oldest daughter has had amazing transformations with her treatment and our second is shaping up to do the same. Couldn't ask for a better, more friendly place.

    Shannon R
  • This is our fifth year and second kid with Dr. Kincer. Love him and his staff! Would recommend them to anyone!

    Jill T
  • Both my kids have beautiful, straight teeth because of Dr. Kincer's work. He takes great care to work with every aspect of getting braces.


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