Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880

Are you questioning whether or not its time to bring your children into their dentist or orthodontist for braces? If they are lucky number 7, it’s time!

We’re here to answer some frequently asked orthodontic questions. If you have any additional questions, we encourage you to give us a call at either our Commack or Medford office locations. 

What age should my child have an orthodontic evaluation? 
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends an orthodontic screening by age 7. It is at age 7 that the teeth and jaw are developed enough so that the dentist or orthodontist can see if there will be any serious problems in the future. Often times, treatment wont be needed at age 7, however, it gives the dentist and orthodontist more time to watch the development of the patient and decide on the best future treatment options. When time is on your side, you can plan ahead to prevent serious orthodontic issues. 

Why is it important to have orthodontic treatment at a young age? 
It’s important to begin orthodontic treatment at a young age because research shows that orthodontic issues are more easily corrected when the patients skeleton is still growing and flexible. By correcting these issues at a younger age, orthodontists and dentists can prepare the mouth for the eruption of permanent teeth. 

What causes crooked teeth? 
There are several causes for crooked teeth. They include crowded teeth, thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, premature loss of baby teeth or poor breathing airway caused by enlarged adenoids or tonsils. There are hereditary factors as well. 

How do teeth move? 
Movement of teeth is a natural response to light pressure over a certain period of time. Pressure is applied by orthodontic hardware such as brackets or braces that attach to the teeth by an arch wire. From time to time, changing of the wires will put pressure on teeth. 

Will it hurt?
When teeth first move, there may be some discomfort that lasts from 24-72 hours. Patients will experience less and less pain as treatment progresses. 

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