Top quality children’s orthodontics can help your child achieve a healthier and happier smile. The board-certified orthodontists at Impressive Orthodontics in Brooklyn, New York, including Melena Planzos, DMD, MS, are ready to deliver outstanding care. Serving the Bay Ridge / Dyker Heights area. Book a visit today with a quick call or a few clicks of the mouse.
Orthodontics is an area of dental specialty that seeks to create optimal teeth alignment. Most people think about orthodontics solely as a cosmetic treatment. There are undeniable aesthetic benefits to orthodontic care, including enhanced confidence and a healthy, attractive smile.
But there are also numerous dental health benefits to a straighter smile. Some of the ways orthodontic treatment can enhance your health include:
Many issues can be easily addressed through early orthodontic care, which often begins long before your child is ready for a full set of braces.
Dental specialists agree that seven years of age is a good time to come in for an initial visit with an orthodontist. That doesn’t mean your child will begin treatment at that age, but that your family will learn if your child’s current alignment shows signs of concern.
Knowing what to expect can help your family create a plan for orthodontic treatment. In the event that early intervention is necessary, your dentist discusses phase 1 treatment and what that approach entails.
Many kids don’t need any form of early orthodontic treatment. Other kids need phase 1 treatment, which is the term used to describe a range of treatments that help ensure optimal alignment later in life.
Spacers can help separate crowded teeth, and a retainer can slow the progression of an overbite or other alignment issues. A palatal expander is a treatment that gradually widens a child’s upper jaw to make room for permanent teeth to emerge properly.
Phase 1 treatment strives to correct a specific issue, and the process generally takes about one year. Phase 2 treatment involves traditional braces or a tray-based teeth alignment system like Invisalign®. Kids who take care of existing problems during phase 1 can have a much easier treatment path during phase 2, and some won’t even need orthodontic care after completing the first phase.
If you’d like more information about children’s orthodontics, call Impressive Orthodontics today to book a consultation. Online booking is also a fast and easy option.