Just like any form of medical care, getting children started on orthodontics early has many benefits and can save them the hassle later in life. At Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics in Brooklyn Heights, New York City, Susan Liebman, DMD, provides kid-friendly orthodontic assessments and braces for children and teens. To book your child’s appointment, call Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics, or use the online scheduling feature today.
Children’s orthodontics, or interceptive orthodontics, are bite-correcting treatments aimed at kids whose teeth and jaws aren’t fully developed yet. In seeking orthodontic treatment early, children have a chance at a smooth treatment process with few difficulties as it coincides with their growth.
At Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics, Dr. Liebman guides the growth of your child’s mouth with orthodontic treatments. Using them, she can also correct child-specific issues like an open bite that results from sucking a thumb or finger too much during childhood.
The American Academy of Orthodontics recommends that you bring your child in for their first orthodontic consultation around age six or seven. This may seem early, but this gives Dr. Liebman an opportunity to provide braces for children while their teeth and bone tissue are still in the softer growth stages and are easy to manipulate.
Your child may not need treatment after this first consultation. After all, they may still have many of their baby teeth. Often, it’s more appropriate to start a child’s orthodontic treatment between the ages of nine and 16. With the information Dr. Liebman obtains during the consultation, she can map out a future treatment plan with the right timing for your child’s needs.
Children and young teens can get many types of orthodontic treatment, but it’s important for them to be chosen and administered by an expert orthodontist like Dr. Liebman. At Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics, she offers:
Invisalign first is a system of clear aligners for your child to wear. They’re specifically designed for children who still have some of their baby teeth and need a wider arch. They’re easier for children to adjust to than braces, and you don’t need to restrict your child’s diet while they move toward straight teeth.
Children can get metal braces to pull their teeth into a straighter position. Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics offers ceramic braces, too, but Dr. Liebman generally reserves these for adults since they’re easier to break.
Your child wears specialized appliances to break their thumb or finger-sucking habits. Once the habit resolves, the treatment is complete.
These devices widen your child’s palate (roof of the mouth) to fix their crossbite.
Dr. Liebman may recommend that your child wears headgear at night to push their front teeth back.
To get started on your child’s orthodontic treatment early, don’t hesitate to call Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics, or book the first family orthodontics consultation online today.