Our experienced pediatric orthodontist at Dental Specialty Associates can clearly see by age seven whether developmental issues can turn into problems. Early detection of common orthodontic problems such as crowding, premature loss of baby teeth, cross bites, or many other unfavorable developmental issues can lead to the implementation of the most appropriate treatment, which may include Downtown Manhattan kids’ braces.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age seven. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. The most popular form of orthodontics is traditional Downtown Manhattan kids’ braces that use metal brackets and wires. By making adjustments to the tension, tightness, and pressure at follow-up visits, our pediatric orthodontist can control the slow movement of the teeth until the malocclusion is corrected. They come in clear and a variety of fun colors and materials. We have also offer interceptive orthodontics for our littlest patients. Interceptive orthodontics is a technique and philosophy which was developed to address certain orthodontic problems between the ages of 7-11. This early intervention and phased treatment can result in fewer extracted teeth and better patient compliance. Some of the techniques used in this interceptive orthodontic phase include arch expansion (which allows more room for permanent teeth) and orthopedic growth appliances (which enhance jaw growth and make later orthodontic treatment much simpler). These early interventions act as Phase 1 of a two-step orthodontic treatment. Phase 2 will occur closer to the time when standard orthodontics generally takes place.
If your child has reached the age of seven, or has already begun losing baby teeth but their corresponding adult teeth haven’t arrived, it’s time you find a pediatric orthodontist to evaluate their dental health. At Dental Specialty Associates, we will ensure that your child has a warm and friendly experience in a fun-filled atmosphere the entire time we care for their teeth, no matter what phase they’re going through. Call today to learn more about Downtown Manhattan kids’ braces.