Orthodontics Specialist

Pediatric Dentistry in Rochester, NY

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Orthodontics services offered in Rochester NY

Orthodontic treatment provides the foundation for good oral health. At Greece Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Rochester, New York, board-certified pediatric dentist Abrahim Caroci, DMD, offers all types of orthodontics for children and teens, including traditional braces and Invisalign® clear aligners. Orthodontics can keep your child’s smile straight and healthy for years to come. To learn more, call Greece Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics or schedule an appointment online today.

Orthodontics Q & A

What are orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a dental specialty focused on treating malocclusions (bite problems) and misaligned (crooked) teeth. A number of orthodontic treatments can help improve the appearance and function of your child’s teeth.

Not only do straight teeth look attractive, they also help prevent cavities and tooth fractures. Teeth that fit together properly are easier to brush and floss, leaving little room for impacted food debris. When your upper and lower jaws align, they distribute pressure evenly to prevent orthodontic concerns, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and teeth grinding.

What are the different types of orthodontic treatments?

The two most common types of orthodontic treatments that the team offers at Greece Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics include:

Traditional braces

Traditional braces include a series of metal brackets bonded to an archwire. By adhering to your child’s teeth, braces apply pressure that gradually shifts them into alignment over time. While braces are apparent and can be difficult to clean, they are durable and offer predictable results. The elastics fitting around each bracket also come in a variety of fun, customizable colors.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a system of clear aligners that mold to the exact shape of your child’s teeth. They’re removable, easy to clean, and nearly invisible when your child wears them. However, because Invisalign doesn’t bond to your child’s teeth, like braces do, accountability is essential. For the treatment to remain effective, your child must wear Invisalign for at least 22 hours a day.

When does my child need orthodontics?

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that every child visit an orthodontist by the age of seven. By this age, the team can start to see potential orthodontic concerns, such as 

  • Overcrowding
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Gapped teeth
  • Misaligned teeth

The earlier the team prepares your child for treatment, the less likely they are to need more intensive orthodontics in the future. Early intervention can also help prevent tooth erosion, fractures, and other complications.

To learn more about orthodontics, call Greece Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics or schedule an appointment online today.