Thanks to ongoing advances in orthodontics, getting and wearing traditional wire-and-bracket braces is easier and more comfortable than ever before. At Carnegie Hill Dental Group on New York City’s Upper East Side, orthodontic specialist Bharat Vohra, DDS, offers conventional braces for pediatric patients. If your older child or teen has crooked teeth, gaps, or a misaligned bite, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Braces are orthodontic devices that apply precise, controlled force to change the position of your teeth. They consist of two main parts: small mounted brackets and adjustable archwires.
The brackets, which may be made of medical grade metal or clear ceramic, are bonded to your teeth, while the archwires pass through the slots in the brackets to provide adjustable leverage. In some cases, rubber bands, hooks, or headgear may be used to provide additional control.
To incrementally straighten your child’s teeth and realign their bite over time, Dr. Vohra continually adjusts the archwires, attaching additional wire or bands when needed.
Conventional braces are generally the most cost-effective way to correct a variety of common orthodontic problems, ranging from crooked teeth to improper bite alignment.
But while many young orthodontic patients are most interested in the cosmetic benefits of wearing braces, they’re just as important for attaining optimal oral health, especially for kids or adolescents with poor bite alignment, overcrowded teeth, or wide gaps between teeth.
That’s because living with poorly spaced teeth or a misaligned bite increases the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and jaw problems; it can even make it harder to chew food efficiently.
Although adults do wear braces, orthodontic treatment tends to work much faster on children and adolescents because their growing jaws make their teeth more responsive to repositioning.
Although there’s no “best age” for braces, children who need them usually benefit most when treatment starts between the ages of 8 and 14.
During this time, a child’s last few permanent teeth are erupting or have already erupted, and their mouth, jaw, and head are still growing. The timing that works best for your child depends on their individual growth rate and how quickly their permanent teeth arrive.
Once your child’s teeth are in the right position, Dr. Vohra removes the archwires, brackets, and residual bonding cement. The final phase of orthodontic care, also known as the “retention phase,” requires your child to wear a custom retainer until their teeth and jaw have stabilized.
To create a custom retainer, Dr. Vohra takes an impression of your child’s new bite and sends it off to a dental lab. Most patients receive their retainers with a week.
To learn more, call the office today or schedule an appointment online anytime.