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Does My Child Need Braces?

If you are wondering whether or not your child might need braces, then you probably already know they can be a valuable investment in your child’s smile. For some individuals, getting braces might be used to get a more cosmetic improvement in the smile, while for others, braces are needed to realign the bite and ensure proper biting forces. Whatever the reason, our team at Park View Pediatric Dentistry in New York, NY, works regularly with parents to help evaluate children and determine if they need orthodontic services.

What Are Some Signs That My Child Needs Braces?

The most obvious sign that your child might need braces is the appearance of their smile. If you notice that they have gaps in between their teeth or if they consistently have trouble biting into food, then they may need to consider orthodontic services. Additionally, having frequent soreness in their mouth or jaw can also be an indication that there are underlying issues with the alignment of their teeth.

What Type of Orthodontic Treatment Should I Consider?

When it comes to something so important, you want to make sure you choose the right type of orthodontic treatment for him or her. At our office, we have several different options for braces and other orthodontic treatments that can help your child achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

One factor to consider when deciding if braces are suitable for your child is the severity of their misalignment. If he or she has moderate misalignment between the teeth and/or jaw, traditional metal braces may be just what is needed to correct the issue. These braces are highly effective and work quickly to transform your child’s smile.

If your child has minor misalignment or is simply looking for a more discreet option, then clear aligners such as Invisalign might be the right choice. These removable trays are made of clear plastic and are virtually invisible, making them ideal for older children or those who don’t need to wear braces for as long.

How Do I Schedule an Evaluation for My Child?

The best way to determine which type of braces is right for your child is by scheduling a consultation with our skilled orthodontist, Dr. Marika Chikvashvili, at Park View Pediatric Dentistry. At this appointment, she will examine your child’s teeth and jaw and provide you with her expert opinion on which type would be most beneficial. So why wait? Call us today at 212-879-6518 to request an orthodontic evaluation.

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