Bite problems often start to show at a young age and then develop into more complex issues if left untreated. At Great Neck and Mid-Island Dental Associates, we advise parents to be on the lookout for bite issues and get them reviewed by an orthodontist as soon as possible. Unaddressed bite problems can lead to numerous challenges in children, including low self-esteem, chewing and speech difficulties, and poor overall development.
As a best practice, it’s recommended that you bring your child for their first orthodontic evaluation by age 7. This is usually the best age as the child has a mix of permanent and temporary teeth, and the orthodontist can check to see if there are any bite problems to look out for.
During your visit, our Board Certified Pediatric Dentist in Great Neck, NY will check to see how your child’s upper and lower teeth align. We use dental x-rays to gather insights into any issues that may not be apparent to the naked eye. If any problems are detected, our Board Certified Pediatric Dentist may recommend interceptive orthodontic treatment.
Interceptive orthodontic treatment is reserved for young children between the ages of 7 and 11. During these ages, a child’s teeth and jaw are undergoing development, and our dentist can recommend short phase measures to promote healthy jaw development and proper dental alignment.
Interceptive orthodontic treatment aims to create room for the incoming permanent teeth, prevent existing problems from escalating, and make the second phase of orthodontic treatment easier and shorter.
If your child is a good fit candidate for interceptive orthodontic treatment, our Kid Island Dental children’s dentist will walk through your various options. Interceptive braces and other custom oral appliances work effectively to guide the incoming teeth into their correct positions. We also provide Invisalign®️ First, a series of clear, removable aligners that are designed to guide children’s teeth into their preferred positions.
Remember, the sooner your child sees an orthodontist, the better their chances of avoiding lengthy and complicated orthodontic treatments later on.
If you’re looking for a child-friendly and reputable dental office that is well-versed in orthodontics for kids in Great Neck and Hicksville, NY, get in touch with Great Neck Dental Associates, Mid-Island Dental Associates, and Kid Island Dental today.