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What to Consider When Choosing an Orthodontic Option for Your Child

Last updated 6 years ago

Did you know that orthodontic problems can be identified as early as two years of age? Your pediatric dentist can detect a bad bite in your child when he is very young and sometimes offer treatment that could prevent him from needing further orthodontic care in the future. Though your pediatric dentist can recommend the best treatment plan for your child, here are some of the considerations that come into play for your child’s orthodontic care plan:

If your pediatric dentist identifies problems with your child’s bite early in life, she may recommend treatment, such as braces, retainers, and expanders, to encourage proper jaw growth. When there are no permanent teeth, dentists have more options for manipulating the jaw, since it is still growing. Older children, especially those with permanent teeth, are almost always treated with braces.

Type of Problem
Dentists and orthodontists match the orthodontic treatment to the dental issue. For overcrowding, especially when your child still has baby teeth, they may recommend tooth extraction coupled with braces or retainers. For bite problems, braces are the solution. Although clear plastic aligner braces are considered for older children with minor bite issues, more dramatic bite problems usually still require traditional metal braces.

Patient Concerns
If your child is concerned about his appearance while receiving orthodontic treatment, your pediatric dentist can take that into consideration while devising a care plan. Clear aligners can put a child’s mind at rest if he’s worried about wearing metal braces. If invisible aligners won’t work for your child’s case, there may be other options, such as tooth-colored braces.

Orthodontic treatment has a higher success rate in children than adults, so don’t delay in getting care for your child. Let Best Kids Dentist help you choose the right treatment for your child. We are committed to high-quality pediatric dental care that is also comfortable for your child. Call us at (718) 491-5300 to learn more about our dental practice.


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