If your child grinds their teeth, struggles to chew and bite food, or experiences speech problems, they may be a candidate for children’s braces. At Bayside Orthodontics, Inna Gellerman, DDS, Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS, and the team regularly prescribe braces to children and teens. To make an appointment for your child at the practice in Bayside, New York, call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or click the online booking tool.
Children’s braces are orthodontic appliances used to treat crowded and crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw.
At Bayside Orthodontics, the team recommends all children receive an orthodontic consultation around the age of seven. During the evaluation, your child’s provider looks for issues that might lead to orthodontic problems later on.
Some kids benefit from two-phase orthodontic treatment. Others don’t need braces until they’re teenagers. A small percentage of children don’t need braces at all.
At Bayside Orthodontics, the team uses children’s braces to treat various issues, including:
Your child might also benefit from braces if they suck their thumb or regularly use a pacifier.
Children’s braces work by putting mild pressure on your child’s teeth and jaw. Over time, the pressure moves their teeth and jaw into the optimal position, allowing for a strong and healthy smile.
Aside from repositioning your child’s teeth, braces help guide proper jaw development, maintain ideal spacing between teeth, and reduce wear-and-tear on the enamel.
Not at all. Children with braces can play sports, spend time on the playground, and run around like anyone else. After placing your child’s braces, the team can make recommendations to minimize accidents and to keep them in great shape.
For example, children with braces need to avoid certain foods that are hard, sticky, or chewy. Snacks like pretzels or sunflower seeds can get caught in the brackets and wires, increasing the risk of tooth decay or gum disease.
If your child plays contact sports like rugby, football, or wrestling, encourage them to wear a mouthguard. A mouthguard will prevent the brackets from snapping and can also lower the risk of cuts to their gums, tongue, or cheeks.
The cost of children’s braces varies depending on your child’s individual needs. Following an oral exam and a series of oral X-rays, the team can develop a custom orthodontic care plan. The cost will depend on the issues being treated, the length of treatment time, and the type of braces used. Following an in-office consultation, the team can provide you with an estimate.
To learn more about children’s braces, make an appointment for your child at Bayside Orthodontics by calling the office to speak with a friendly staff member or clicking the online booking tool.