Long Island Pediatric Orthodontists
Our orthodontists are proficient in treating both children and adults with metal braces, clear braces and Invisalign®. Having braces isn’t just about improving your smile, but it’s also about improving your overall dental health and confidence. Orthodontics may be used to correct malocclusions such as crossbites, underbites, deep bites, crowded and crooked teeth, as well as other flaws of the teeth and jaws.
Most importantly, our doctors are excellent in treating and recognizing early or interceptive orthodontics. This is often called phase one. Early treatment can be very effective with helping proper development of the child’s jaws so there space for future eruption of permanent teeth and to improve the relationship of the upper and lower jaws. Having early treatment can often prevent trauma and more difficult orthodontic treatment such as the removal of adult teeth or even surgery. For some children treating early can prevent more serious problems. Often treating early means an expander or braces but for many children treating early can be close monitoring and and simple treatments such as a space maintainer or retainer.
Radiance Clear Braces
Radiance Clear Braces combine technology with beauty, providing a way to effectively straighten your teeth and look great for the duration of your treatment. These clear braces can address nearly all orthodontic needs without interruption to your treatment or active lifestyle. The many options available make these these clear braces a great choice to address your specific aesthetic concerns.
Radiance Plus ceramic braces are made from pure grown sapphire, making them not only strong but also stain-resistant so they stay clear and radiant throughout your treatment.
Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your orthodontist plans out for you. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every one to two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
Orthodontics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is an orthodontist?
Orthodontists are experts at treating bite problems, or malocclusions (“mal” = bad, “occlusion” = bite). These can include teeth that are crooked (misaligned) or crowded (too close together, due to insufficient space in the jaw). Malocclusions can also result when the upper and lower jaws don’t fit together as they should, whether from premature loss of the baby teeth, developmental abnormalities, or other causes.
When should my child see an orthodontist?
The American Academy of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children have an orthodontic examination by age 7. By that age, it’s usually possible to tell if braces or corrective appliances will be needed—and because the teeth and jaws are developing rapidly at this time, it’s quicker and easier to treat certain conditions now, rather than waiting. Orthodontists can also offer effective treatment for children with persistent thumb sucking, mouth breathing and tongue thrusting habits.
Why see an orthodontist?
To help people get a better and more functional bite, orthodontists use a variety of appliances including braces, clear aligners, and removable appliances. All of this “hardware” may sound complicated, but it has been carefully designed to exert gentle, steady pressure on the teeth—just enough to move them into better positions in the jaw. Because of their expertise in jaw growth and development, orthodontists may also employ devices such as palatal expanders, headgear, and removable functional appliances as part of an overall treatment plan. These devices help guide a child’s growing jaw in a way that can prevent more complex orthodontic problems down the road.
While there are many orthodontic problems that orthodontists agree are best treated after all permanent teeth have come in, early treatment can be in a patient’s best interests if their problem is one that could become more serious over time if left untreated. The goal of early treatment is to intercept the developing problem, eliminate the cause, guide the growth of facial and jaw bones, and provide adequate space for incoming permanent teeth. A patient may require a second course of treatment after all permanent teeth have come in to move those teeth into their best positions.
Early orthodontic treatment can take many forms. The orthodontist could prescribe a fixed or removable “appliance” – a device used to move teeth, change the position of the jaw, or hold teeth in place in order to bring about desirable changes. Sometimes no appliances are necessary. Rather, removal of some baby teeth may help the permanent teeth erupt better. The extractions will be timed to take best advantage of a patient’s growth and development.
Regardless of how treatment goals are reached, the bottom line is that some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they are found and treated early. Waiting until all the permanent teeth have come in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may make correction of some problems much more difficult.
In an age of broad orthodontic treatment options, traditional metal braces are still the most common treatment option for kids and teens. With this type of treatment, very small metal brackets are glued to the teeth and are then connected with a thin wire, which is adjusted or changed at regular intervals to gradually straighten your teeth and correct your bite – making them a very effective and reliable treatment option.
Modern metal braces are much smaller and more comfortable than ever before. You’ll often see metal braces jazzed up with colorful elastic modules to make them fun and fashionable for your kids!
At your child’s consultation appointment, your orthodontist can determine whether or not your child is a candidate for Invisalign Teen. In most cases, they are as effective as traditional metal braces. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for your child to move the teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor.
How do the aligners straighten teeth?
Over the course of treatment, your child will be supplied with a series of aligners. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to tooth position, a process that is mapped out in advance by your doctor, specifically for your child’s situation. When the aligners are placed on the teeth, they cause the teeth to gradually shift from their current position. After approximately one to two weeks, you will begin using the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process.
Invisalign clear aligners are completely removable and virtually invisible. You’ll watch your child’s smile transform before your eyes as he or she continues to enjoy the sports, food and activities that he or she loves.