How to Tell if Your Child May Need Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic problems such as crowding of the teeth, too much space between the teeth, jaw growth problems, protruding teeth, and bad bites may be inherited; or, may also result from injury to the mouth, early or late loss of baby teeth, or thumb sucking habits.

If your child is between the ages of seven and eight and shows signs of needing orthodontic care, contact our NYC office at 212.879.6518 or request an appointment online. Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics has been helping make children’s smiles straighter and brighter since 1986, so visit our board-certified doctors for all your dental needs.

Some problematic signs to look for are:

  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that do not meet
  • Teeth that meet in an irregular way
  • Crowding or misplaced teeth
  • Difficulty biting or chewing
  • Difficulty with speech
  • Mouth breathing
  • Continued thumb-sucking after age five

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may involve brackets being bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to the proper position.

Today, patients have more orthodontic treatment options than ever before. Patients can choose clear or metal brackets and, in some cases, the color of their orthodontic appliance. Not to mention wires are far less noticeable, and the latest materials are designed to move teeth faster with more comfort.

Duration of Orthodontic Treatment

Treatment time for each patient will vary, with the average length of time lasting between one and three years. The length of treatment will depend on several factors including age, treatment method, and how minor or severe your case is.

Starting Orthodontic Care at Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in NYC

An initial consultation and thorough exam will determine which orthodontic treatment option is best for your child. Before beginning your orthodontic care, your orthodontist will discuss all of your options and provide an estimate for how long your full treatment may take. Our exceptional one-on-one treatment ensures that you and your family will receive the highest quality of orthodontic care and an end result that gives your child something to smile about!

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