Dental braces are a popular treatment offered by a pediatric orthodontist at Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in NYC. While braces once meant significant discomfort and a mouth filled with metal, today’s braces for kids are much more comfortable and less noticeable. Our orthodontic practice has been helping to make children’s smiles straighter and brighter since 1986. Learn more about our braces treatments below or schedule a consultation today! You can dial 212.879.6518 to reach our NYC office, and our experienced staff members will provide you with the information and assistance you need!
What Are Dental Braces?
Dental braces are an orthodontic treatment that straightens your child’s teeth using brackets bonded to each tooth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to the proper position.
Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. Patients can now choose clear or metal brackets and, in some cases, the color of their orthodontic appliances. Wires are far less noticeable, and the latest materials are designed to move teeth faster with more comfort.
What Are Braces For?
This orthodontic treatment of braces can be used to fix crooked, overlapping or overcrowded teeth, as well as bite problems such as overbite or underbite.
Is My Child A Good Candidate for Braces?
Braces Procedure For Kids
On the day that your child is to receive braces, your orthodontist will apply the brackets and necessary wires and provide clear instructions on how to care for teeth and braces during the course of treatment and which foods to avoid. While your child may experience some soreness following treatment, this discomfort typically subsides within the first few days.
Benefits Of Braces For Children
Braces for kids offer numerous benefits. Braces can:
- Improve facial and smile appearance
- Correct bad bite / bite alignment problems
- Help boost confidence and self-esteem
- Help improve overall oral health
- Help improve function of teeth with chewing and speaking
How Long Are Braces Needed?
Every few weeks, your child will need to see the orthodontist for monitoring and adjustments until treatment is complete. Treatment length will vary depending on each child’s unique needs, but the average timeline is between one and two years.
What Should My Child Expect After Their Braces?
At the end of treatment, patients will receive care instructions to ensure that their teeth remain straight and healthy for years to come. Often times a metal retainer may be recommended for nighttime use in order to keep teeth properly aligned.
Can White Spots From Braces Be Removed?
Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics is pleased to offer a technology called Icon resin infiltration, which can quickly and painlessly remove white spots that may result following braces treatment.