Children’s orthodontics can transform your child’s smile and encourage optimal oral health. At Bayside Orthodontics, Inna Gellerman, DDS, Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS, and the team offer children’s orthodontics to kids and teens. Using braces, retainers, expanders, and other oral appliances, they can correct alignment issues and promote oral well-being. 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 orthodontics diagnoses, treats, and prevents malpositioned teeth and misaligned bite patterns. It uses custom oral appliances like braces, retainers, and head gear to encourage optimal alignment and good oral health.
Children who have crooked and crowded teeth or a malpositioned jaw are more likely to experience potentially serious problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Orthodontic treatment can significantly lower the risk of these and other issues.
The team at Bayside Orthodontics uses various appliances for children’s orthodontics, including:
Conventional braces feature metal brackets and wires and rubber bands. When combined, these materials place pressure on the teeth, slowly moving them into the optimal position. Treatment with conventional braces typically takes 12-18 months and sometimes longer.
Lingual braces are similar to conventional braces, but they’re bonded to the back of your child’s teeth instead of the front. That allows for more discreet treatment and lowers the risk of cuts to their lips and cheeks.
If your child doesn’t have enough jaw space for their permanent teeth to come in, the team might recommend an expander. An expander is an oral appliance that slowly stretches the roof of the mouth, widening the upper jaw.
Head gear is an external orthodontic appliance. It’s typically used in combination with conventional braces and helps support proper alignment in children whose jaws are still growing.
A retainer is an orthodontic appliance that’s worn after braces. Retainers help keep teeth in their optimal position and prevent them from moving out of place.
To determine if your child can benefit from children’s orthodontics, the team conducts a comprehensive oral exam and reviews their dental health history. Then, they order a series of oral X-rays to assess the position of your child’s teeth and jaw. If the team discovers any alignment issues, your child is a candidate for orthodontic treatment.
The type of appliances that will most benefit them depends on their age, dental health history, and the issues being addressed. The team can make recommendations that align with your child’s needs.
To learn more about children’s orthodontics, 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.