About 45% of American children need orthodontics to correct misalignments of the teeth and jaw. If your child has crooked or crowded teeth, orthodontics can restore balance to their smile and encourage optimal oral health. At Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry, board-certified pediatric dentist Priya Purohit, DDS, MSD, uses orthodontics to treat various alignment problems. To make an appointment for your child, call the office in Nashville, Tennessee, or book online today.
Orthodontics is a pediatric dentistry subspecialty that diagnoses and treats alignment problems affecting the teeth and jaw. Specifically, it uses appliances like metal braces or removable plastic aligners to encourage a balanced and symmetrical smile.
Orthodontic treatment enhances the cosmetic appearance of your child’s smile. It also makes their teeth easier to clean, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease.
At Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Purohit uses orthodontics to treat various alignment problems, including:
Your child might also benefit from orthodontics if they have spaces between their teeth.
At Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Purohit offers several types of orthodontics, including:
Metal braces are custom orthodontic appliances that Dr. Purohit bonds to the front of your child’s teeth. Braces feature a series of brackets, metal archwires, and rubber bands. Combined, these materials place pressure on your child’s teeth and jaw, changing their position.
Clear braces are similar to metal braces. The difference is that the brackets are made of a tooth-colored material like ceramic, so they blend in with your child’s enamel. That allows for a more discreet form of orthodontic treatment that’s perfect for tweens and teens.
Removable oral aligners are plastic mouthpieces that fit snugly over your child’s teeth. Like braces, they put mild pressure on the teeth and gums, improving the alignment of your child’s smile.
An orthodontic retainer is an appliance that your child wears after they’re finished with braces. The retainer prevents your child’s teeth from changing position, a condition called relapse.
At Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Purohit typically recommends that children start orthodontic treatment between 6 and 7. Early intervention can prevent other problems from developing. It also ensures there’s plenty of room for your child’s permanent teeth to come in.
The time that orthodontic treatment takes depends on various factors, including your child’s age, the severity of their alignment issues, and their commitment to Dr. Purohit’s treatment plan. Most children achieve their desired results in 12-18 months*, but it may take longer. Be patient and encourage your child to take treatment seriously.
To learn more about children’s orthodontics, request a consultation at Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry by calling the office or booking online today.
*Individual results may vary.