Orthodontics For Kids Specialist

Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry & Special Needs Dentists located in Flanders, NJ

Straight teeth and a properly aligned bite make your child’s smile great and work better. The team of dedicated dental professionals at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in Flanders, New Jersey, improve your child’s smile with exceptional orthodontics for kids. To get your child started on their journey towards a beautiful smile, book a visit today by calling the office or using the convenient online tool.

Orthodontics for Kids Q & A

Why is orthodontics for kids unique?

Children are still growing, which means that their jaws and teeth are still shifting in alignment. Because their oral structures are in flux, they’re slightly more flexible, unlike adult smiles that have teeth in a settled position.

The team of pediatric orthodontic professionals at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics can harness the natural movement of your child’s jaw to make their orthodontic treatment easier, more efficient, and more effective. 

The orthodontist can essentially course-correct your child’s development in order to make their smile lands in a perfect position on the first try. 

When should my child start seeing an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends bringing your child to their first orthodontist appointment around the time they turn seven years old when they have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth. 

Starting your child’s orthodontic care early enables the team at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics to get a head start on monitoring their development and allows them to start addressing any emerging conditions before they have a chance to progress. 

Early treatment also enables the team to:

  • Create more space for crowded teeth by regulating the width of the upper and lower arches
  • Guide your child’s teeth as they emerge
  • Guide the growth of your child’s jaw

Starting an early relationship with an orthodontist also allows them to correct any bad oral habits your child might have, like thumb-sucking or speech problems, and reduces the likelihood of needing permanent tooth extractions later on in life.

What happens at an orthodontics for kids appointment?

Your child’s first orthodontic appointment at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics begins with an assessment of their oral health, where the orthodontist establishes a baseline of their smile. 

They analyze your child’s teeth, oral musculature, occlusion, and any skeletal deformities or irregularities with a visual inspection and digital X-rays. 

If the orthodontist thinks that your child would benefit from orthodontic treatment, they discuss the options and begin devising a treatment plan. Some common orthodontic treatments and appliances for kids include:

  • Braces
  • Palatal expanders
  • Space maintainers
  • Appliances to curb bad oral habits, like tongue thrusting or thumb sucking

Although actual treatment typically doesn’t begin until between nine and 14 years old, it’s never too late to start planning.

Schedule an orthodontics for kids appointment with Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics today. You can book a visit by calling the office or scheduling online.