A Perfect Smile: Your Child and Braces

Children benefit from orthodontic treatment when they have a “bad bite.” Their teeth might be crowded or crooked, or the jaws might be misaligned. Your New York dentist might recommend braces to correct the problem, which results in a beautiful smile and healthier mouth.

An abnormal bite can contribute to many dental problems, including;

  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth loss
  • Gum disease
  • Affected speech or chewing
  • Jaw problems
  • Abnormal tooth enamel wear

Your Upper East Side Kid’s Dentist will notice a bad bite when a child is between the ages of 6 and 12. Orthodontic treatment can start as young as seven years old. By beginning treatment when the child is growing, you get optimal results.

Treatment depends on the individual issues that need to be corrected and you and your child’s preferences. Traditional metal braces can realign teeth by applying a gentle but continuous pressure to shift the jaw and teeth. Brackets are attached to the teeth with a bond or cement to the teeth and connected by a wire. The dentist will tighten the wire periodically to push the teeth and jaw into the correct position.

Typically, it takes one to three years to correct a misalignment with braces. Once the braces are removed, a retainer will hold the teeth in their new position. Newer materials and technology like Invisalign make braces and other orthodontic corrections more comfortable than ever before. Make an appointment with Dr. Shiva Basir to discuss orthodontic issues with your child.

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