It’s very important that children have an orthodontic evaluation by the time they have reached age 7, which is typically the time when they have already developed some permanent teeth. This makes it easier for our orthodontist, Dr. Mita Parikh, to see if they may encounter misalignments and other dental issues later in life that can be corrected before they become serious. Early treatment can reduce the risk of eventual permanent tooth extraction, impacted teeth, and other conditions, as well as correct over-, under-, or cross-bite issues. As permanent teeth start to come in, orthodontic treatment can guide them into a good position and give them enough room to result in straighter teeth alignment.
Victor Oelbaum & Associates offers a number of orthodontic options for children and adolescents, including traditional braces, clear and ceramic braces, and other options that are not only effective, but cosmetically appealing. Treatment time can also be reduced through the addition of PROPEL® Orthodontics, a unique system that helps teeth shift at a more rapid rate.
The most popular option for children and adolescents, traditional braces are often the best way to correct misalignment and bite issues. These braces typically utilize metal wires and brackets, but for a more discreet appearance, Dr. Parikh can use ceramic materials. To expedite treatment, Dr. Parikh recommends adding PROPEL® as part of your child’s orthodontic treatment.
Many teenagers prefer the inconspicuous effects Invisalign® offers during treatment. These clear teeth aligner trays can be worn throughout the day without being noticeable. The aligners can also be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Although this treatment is desirable for many teens, it may not be right for correcting certain orthodontic issues. Dr. Parikh can work with you and your daughter or son to discover if Invisalign® is right for them.
Patients who are not good candidates for invisalign®, but still wish to undergo discreet orthodontic treatment may be able to benefit from lingual braces. Similar to traditional braces, lingual braces use metal wires and brackets to correct a number of orthodontic issues. The key difference for this treatment is that the brackets and wires are attached to the back sides of the teeth, allowing them to remain concealed from view during treatment.
To help your child complete orthodontic treatment as rapidly as possible, Dr. Parikh offers PROPEL® Orthodontics, which can be combined with any type of orthodontic treatment. This innovative treatment uses gentle pressure via micro-perforations to help stimulate the bone structures surrounding your child’s teeth. This encourages faster movement of the teeth, ultimately reducing overall treatment time, typically by about 30-60%.
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If you are interested in learning more about the variety of orthodontic options available to your child, or would like to schedule an orthodontic assessment with Dr. Mita Parikh, please contact us today.