- When does my child need to see a Pediatric / Kids dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child should visit the dentist within six months of the eruption of the first tooth or by Age One, whichever comes first.
- My child’s new grown-up teeth are coming behind the baby teeth (like Shark teeth) and they haven’t pushed the baby teeth out. What should I do?
It is very common for parents to be concerned about the new grown-up teeth erupting behind the baby teeth. It is normal for permanent teeth to erupt behind the lower front baby teeth provided that the baby teeth are getting progressively loose. If you are concerned that your child’s baby teeth are not loose and the grown-up permanent teeth are coming behind them, please schedule an evaluation with the pediatric dentist.
- Are all children dentists residency-trained?
Not all children’s dentists are residency-trained. The pediatric dentist specialist undergoes a 2-3 years rigorous residency training program at a local children’s hospital where they see a wide array of pediatric patients. In addition, they also have to meet certain requirements before they declare themselves a specialist in children’s dentistry. This training gives them the knowledge and expertise needed to treat a variety of conditions affecting children’s oral health.
- When does my child need to see an Orthodontist?
The American academy of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends an initial consultation at age 7. The orthodontic consultation does not automatically mean that your child will need braces at age 7. The main purpose of the consultation is to make sure that the developing permanent teeth are in the right position, and also that the upper and lower jaws are developing in a normal growth pattern. Sometimes, abnormal upper and/or lower jaw growth can cause excessive overbite or underbite. Such conditions are best corrected when the child is growing, so that the abnormal jaw growth may be modified and corrected during that growth phase.
- Can my child get Invisalign?
Invisalign is another treatment option to straighten teeth by using clear trays called aligners. Like braces, these aligners gradually straighten teeth. Your child may be a candidate for Invisalign, but an evaluation by an orthodontist is needed to determine if it is an option for your child. Since every child has unique treatment needs, it can be best assessed during a consultation with the orthodontist.
- How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of Invisalign treatment depends upon the complexity of your treatment needs and the length of the treatment. In our office, it usually ranges between $3000-$5000. This is not a one-time payment, but it is divided in monthly payment plans. Some dental insurances that cover a portion of your braces, reduces your total out-of-pocket cost for Invisalign treatment.
- How much do braces cost?
The total cost of braces depends upon the total number of months of treatment needed. The cost of braces can range between $2500-$5000. Most dental insurances cover a portion of the cost of braces. The remaining out-of-pocket amount can be paid in convenient monthly payments.
- I see several advertisements on television and Internet regarding different aligners, should I go for it?
Our only recommendation for your well being is that as a patient, you should always get an in-person initial consultation with an orthodontist for comprehensive treatment planning. Upon evaluation, the orthodontist will discuss your treatment needs and plan the treatment accordingly. In our office, your aligner treatment will be monitored by a residency-trained orthodontist.