All of the pediatric dentists at Metropolitan Pediatric Dental Associates have additional training in orthodontics, which allows us to offer our patients limited orthodontic treatment right in our offices.
If your child’s orthodontic needs are beyond our scope of treatment, we will refer your child to an orthodontist.
Braces are special appliances used to align and straighten teeth. The length of time the braces need to be on the teeth can differ greatly depending on your child’s needs.
A space maintainer preserves the space that results from a prematurely lost baby tooth. It prevents the surrounding teeth from drifting into this space and optimizes the available room for the future eruption of the permanent teeth. A space maintainer is made of stainless steel and/or plastic and is usually cemented in the child’s mouth soon after the tooth is lost.
A retainer is a custom made piece of plastic and/ or metal that fits over (or is bonded to) the teeth following the completion of orthodontic treatment. Both kids and adults who have had their braces removed must wear a retainer to prevent the teeth from drifting back into their pre-orthodontic positions.
We will assess your child’s need for orthodontic treatment each time they come in for a check-up. If we feel your child could benefit from orthodontic treatment, we will work with you to create a custom orthodontic care plan for your child.