In the past, most orthodontic treatment took placed between the ages of 12 and 14 when all permanent teeth were in place. Today, many orthodontists are recommending that treatment take place much earlier, between the ages of 7-11. The reason for this is to avoid having to extract teeth to make room for orthodontic treatment. This early orthodontic treatment is known as interceptive orthodontics. The goal of orthodontics in general is to fix a malocclusion (bad bite). This is often accomplished through the use of braces and retainers. If your child has a bad bite such as an overbite, underbite, or openbite, you should address it as early as possible. Our Jackson Heights teen orthodontist, Rekha Gehani, DDS can help. Although as stated earlier, teen orthodontics used to be the norm, it is best to provide early orthodontic intervention for your child.
Traditional braces and retainers are typically used in orthodontic treatment. However, they’re not the only type of treatment available. There are other options such as Invisalign. Invisalign are invisible braces that don’t require any metal brackets or wires. They are a great alternative to traditional braces because they eliminate the unsightly appearance that is often associated with the tradition braces. They are a series of removable plastic trays called aligners that are used to treat many malocclusions. The first set of clear retainers is used on the teeth as they are and will gently push the teeth into place for the second set; it’s a progressive process. They are worn for approximately 2 weeks and then the next set is provided. They must be worn 24 hours a day but can be removed for meals and teeth brushing, unlike traditional braces which can only be removed by the orthodontist. While Invisalign is a wonderful option for patients, they are not appropriate for everyone. Our Jackson Heights teen orthodontist, Rekha Gehani, DDS will need to make that assessment when your child gets evaluated by her.
If you feel that your child is a candidate for orthodontic treatment, your first step is to make an appointment with our expert Jackson Heights teen orthodontist, Rekha Gehani, DDS. Your child’s initial visit is extremely important. Dr. Gehani will go over your child’s medical history and do a full oral exam including x-rays. She does a thorough exam and medical history review to make a determination as to whether orthodontic treatment is appropriate for your child. If she determines that it is, her thorough exam and your child’s medical history will enable her to make appropriate recommendations that are best suited for your child. Dr. Gehani is highly qualified, experienced, caring, and thorough. She has your child’s best interest at heart.
If you’re looking for a well-trained, experienced professional dentist and caring staff, you will find our office to be a perfect fit for you. Our Jackson Heights teen orthodontist, Rekha Gehani, DDS uses state-of-the-art technology and completely dedicated to the well being of her patients. Our office tries to make everything as convenient as possible for you. You can make an appointment right on our website or call if you prefer. We look forward to serving you.