Woodside Pediatric Braces

Orthodontist for Kids in Woodside

Woodside Pediatric Braces

Woodside Pediatric Braces

An uneven bite and crooked teeth will affect not only our smile but also the way we eat and even feel about ourselves. These malocclusion problems can affect adults and adolescents alike, but often their roots can be found in younger children. Our orthodontic practice helps both young and older patients realize the straight, even bite that brings about a beautiful smile. Woodside pediatric braces are a technique that is used by Dr. Rekha Gehani, DDS to help address the needs of our younger patients.
There are several orthodontic techniques that our doctor can employ to remedy malocclusions in children. Woodside pediatric braces are one of the most often used of these techniques. Braces remedy uneven bites by using constant tension to gently and slowly push the teeth into the desired position. Our doctor will affix metal, or in some cases, ceramic brackets onto the teeth and connect these brackets by running a wire through them. Changing the tightness and tension on the wire controls the amount of force exerted on the tooth and its movement. The movement caused by the braces is often augmented through the use of headgear and other orthodontic appliances. The age that most traditional orthodontic treatments are started is usually between 12 -14, when all the child’s permanent teeth have come out.
An oral exam and x-rays sometimes suggest the advantage of Woodside pediatric braces at an earlier age, between 7 – 11 years. This is known as interceptive orthodontics and its goal is to start the treatment process earlier to be able to lay the groundwork that makes the later stage orthodontics easier, with fewer extractions and less use of headgear and other appliances. During the interceptive orthodontic phase our practice may employ arch expansion techniques to allow more room for the permanent teeth or the use of orthopedic growth appliances, which promotes jaw growth. Phase two of the orthodontic process occurs closer to the time of traditional treatment and it should be simpler and shorter because of the work done in phase I. The result of the orthodontic treatment, regardless of the techniques chosen is an even bite and beautiful teeth, as well as a happy smiling child. So, please bring your child in for an evaluation to protect his bite and future smile.

Rekha Gehani, DDS
35-40 82nd Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 639-0192