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Braces, retainers, clear alignment trays, and other treatments involving moving teeth are all part of the field of orthodontics. Our dental practice has fully-fledged orthodontists available at each location, helping your child develop healthier, more beautiful smiles. Suffolk Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics provides orthodontic services for our child patients in Port Jefferson Station, Wading River, Riverhead, and the surrounding communities.
What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialty field of dentistry revolving around the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of malocclusion, or “bad bite.” This condition occurs when the teeth grow in awkwardly or shift out of their natural place. These teeth require re-positioning within the smile in order to correct these bad bites, which is the purpose of orthodontic treatments like braces. While patients of any age could benefit from braces, some specialists—such as our orthodontists in Suffolk County—prefer to treat children because the jaw is still growing; treating malocclusion at this time helps create more permanent results before the bad bite causes more severe problems.
Common causes for malocclusion are irregularities within a child’s facial structure, although teeth misalignment can occur within a structurally normal mouth as well. Jaws too small to host all teeth within a smile and one jaw protruding too far over the other are common examples of facial structures which lead to bad bites. Orthodontics takes these irregularities into account and has procedures to prevent and treat these particular conditions, in order to make the smile healthy.
Why Your Child Might Need Orthodontics
Orthodontics is a critical field of dentistry for both the beauty and health of the smile. When our pediatric dentists notice orthodontic issues during your child's regular exam, they help schedule a consultation with our orthodontists because of the importance of a straight smile.
Misaligned teeth create areas that make it hard to reach with your toothbrush or cleaning instrument a dentist may use; tooth decay and gum disease are much more likely to develop because of these areas not being properly cleaned. Malocclusions also present problems in regards to biting and chewing food, as well as properly enunciating words, so several digestive and speech disorders can be caused by a bad bite. By having our Suffolk County orthodontists provide braces and other orthodontic treatments at one of our three locations, you can help your child develop a much healthier smile.
Additionally, misaligned teeth tend to be seen as aesthetically unappealing. While more common in adults, children and teenagers can also benefits from cosmetic orthodontic treatments if they only have a minor malocclusion. Suffolk Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics provides these cosmetic treatments if they best serve a child’s alignment needs.
Contact Us for your Orthodontic Needs
Suffolk Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics provides orthodontic treatments to Port Jefferson Station, Wading River, Riverhead, and the surrounding communities. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call one of our Suffolk County dental offices today!