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Pediatric Orthodontics – Derry, NH · Hudson, NH

Create Your Child’s Path to Straight Teeth

While it can be difficult to put a price on your son or daughter’s smile, it’s worth it to make sure that any and all oral health concerns are handled ahead of time when you have the chance to do so. Not only can orthodontic treatment protect their oral health, but it can help you avoid expensive treatments later in their development. The good news is it’s easier than ever to get it done with Simply Orthodontics managing their care. Since their teeth are still growing, we recommend bringing them for an exam by the age of seven. During this time, their dental problems are more noticeable and much easier to address.

A Brief Overview of Pediatric Orthodontics

Pediatric Orthodontics is actually not as complicated as it sounds. The main goal is to prevent problematic overcrowding, misalignment, uneven bites and non-nutritive habits (i.e. thumb-sucking) at an early age when it’s most treatable. It gives our orthodontists time to provide more room for adult teeth to erupt properly and prevent complications as your child gets older. Once they reach seven years of age, feel free to bring them to our office! From there, we’ll confirm how their teeth are growing and the development of their jaw, so you can have peace knowing their oral health is being accounted for.

Treatments Commonly Associated with Pediatric Orthodontics

With pediatric orthodontics, children do not spend as much time undergoing care compared to metal braces. The fact is most treatments only last between 9 and 12 months since their teeth are much easier to influence through dedicated appliances. In terms of specific treatments, pediatric orthodontics may include headgears, limited phase braces and braces that are worn for a fraction of the time compared to traditional options. This may also include an expansion appliance, specialized retainers, or space maintainers, all of which have their own unique functions that our orthodontists can explain.

Benefits of Pediatric Orthodontics

There are many benefits when it comes to pediatric orthodontics. If your child needs treatment, they can reduce the risk of their teeth becoming impacted later in life. This is because more room is created inside the mouth for teeth to correctly erupt. Additionally, your child will be able to avoid speech problems, which is typical for children with dental complications. The sooner we can get your child’s issues addressed, the more likely their development will improve. Their dental arches will become more harmonious and poor habits become easier to influence, including thumb-sucking and tongue-thrusting. Lastly, it helps their smile become more balanced, boosting their self-confidence.

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