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Does My Child Need Braces?

A beautifully aligned smile does not always happen naturally. Some children and adults will have misaligned teeth that can only be addressed with the use of orthodontic treatments. When parents have children with misaligned teeth, they may be unsure if their child could benefit from braces. In fact, it’s a common question we hear at Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics here in New York, NY: Does my child need braces?

How do orthodontic treatments work?

There are many different ways in which orthodontic treatment can improve the smile, but the primary purpose is to realign the smile for both cosmetic and functional reasons. Orthodontic treatment gradually moves the teeth into better positions within the dental arch. Treatment can be used to address other problems outside of conventional alignment, including:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Spaced teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Turned/crooked teeth
  • Overbites/underbites
  • Crossbite

Does my child need braces?

Parents may be worried about the alignment of their children’s teeth as they develop, especially their permanent “adult teeth.” When children come to visit us at Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, they may be worried about needing braces. Braces have come a long way over the years, and now there are solutions such as Invisalign to discretely reposition the teeth with clear aligner trays. Patients can also obtain braces that are made with plastic and ceramic materials that are tooth-colored for a less noticeable treatment. Children may require braces if they have been diagnosed with malocclusion or have specific issues within the smile they’d like to address, such as gaps or crooked teeth. The dentist will often make a recommendation of orthodontic treatment to children who qualify.

Schedule an appointment with Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

New York, NY area parents who are considering orthodontic treatment for their children can have them evaluated at Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. Our team of professionals work closely with children and teenagers to help them understand the ways in which they can straighten their teeth and improve their smiles. Discuss your child’s needs by calling (212) 879-6518 for an appointment at 800A Fifth Avenue, Suite #303.

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