Orthodontics is the study of the teeth and jaws in relation to the face. Orthodontic treatment can help children grow up with teeth that will last them a lifetime. With the introduction of fizzy drinks and its effects on the teeth, it is no wonder that child orthodontics continues to grow year on year. If there is an issue with your child’s teeth, then this will not only affect their self-confidence and esteem, which is highly important as they grow, but it can also affect their speech and eating.
What Are Child Orthodontics?
Child orthodontics is concerned with giving your child the very best dental treatment available. If they have overcrowded teeth or impacted teeth, then this can affect their eating. There is a range of treatments available to help your child.
Why Get Child Orthodontics?
There are a variety of reasons to obtain child orthodontics and they can include:
Straightening or aligning teeth
If your child grows with teeth that are jutting out at different angles, then they can feel very self-conscious, and this can affect their overall life. They may be subject to bullying.
Correcting the bite
Sometimes a child’s top and bottom teeth may not meet, and this can cause issues with biting and eating or chewing, causing pain.
Your child may need a tooth removed if they have overcrowding in their teeth or have severe tooth decay.
The Process of Getting Child Orthodontics
Child orthodontics is a specialized area of dentistry. You should visit your dentist and they will arrange for a complete assessment of the mouth, jaw and face of your child. If your child needs any specialized treatments, it may be necessary to refer them to a pediatric orthodontist. However, if you are fortunate enough to have a dentist that is fully qualified in pediatric orthodontics, then no referral is necessary, as they will be able to carry out any of the specialized treatment required. This will greatly reassure your child and enable them to build a trusting relationship with your dentist.
Popular FAQs for Child Orthodontics
How old does my child need to be to have child orthodontics?
Usually, a dentist can tell a lot about a child’s dentistry by the time they reach around 7 years of age. Therefore, it is useful to see a dentist regularly before then to ensure they receive treatment early enough.
Is there an alternative to child orthodontics?
There is the alternative of leaving your child’s teeth to develop in any way they want. However, this is not encouraged as it is easier to put preventative measures in place as they grown, than it is to treat them as an adult.
Why Choose Dr. Alex for Child Orthodontics In NYC?
Dr. Alex is not only a dentist, but he is also a fully qualified pediatric orthodontist. His specialty means he can assess your child’s dental needs and carry out any treatment or intervention as well. This will greatly reduce any waiting time necessary before treatment can be carried out.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Alex Midtown NYC dental offices today!