Shirley, NY dentist offers pediatric and orthodontic care

You may already know that your little one’s dental care is just as important as your own. Although they will lose their primary set of dentition, it is important to take care of these to create the best habits and prevent dental problems. Your Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatrics in New York is here for your child from their first visit and throughout orthodontic care. In today’s blog, we’re here to tell you what you can expect from their first visit.

Their Initial Checkup

The most important part of your young one’s first checkup is getting them familiar with their dentist and the staff. During this appointment, we will get to know you and your child. We will take X-rays and perform a thorough cleaning. This will the team assess your little one’s dental health. If we notice that they miss areas when brushing or are not flossing properly, we can give them tips on how to do this better. We can also recommend fluoride treatments and sealants if necessary. These can give a better boost of protection from dental decay. If your child develops cavities, we can help treat these with fillings. In severe cases of decay, a pulpotomy can be performed to restore the tooth after deep decay.

Continuing Care

We are here for your child every step of their dental journey. Around the age of seven, they can begin orthodontic treatment. While this may seem early, it is important to prepare for this early so that they can have a shorter treatment time. During Phase One treatments, we will do a thorough examination of their smile. This allows us to create the best plan for your child. If necessary, we may suggest space maintainers or retainers. These treatments can help guide their jaw to grow correctly, which will make the process of braces happen more smoothly.

Starting Orthodontics

After Phase One treatment, the process of braces can begin. Unlike many other practices, we offer orthodontic care in our office. This allows the process to be more convenient for you. Your young one can begin the journey of braces once the majority of their adult teeth have grown in. Having an even smile can improve your child’s speech, ability to chew, and oral hygiene as well.

For older teenagers or adults wanting to straighten their teeth, we also offer Invisalign. This offers a more discreet method to align your smile. Instead of needing to wear brackets, wires, and colorful rubber bands, you will wear a series of clear retainers that gradually shift your teeth.

Schedule Their Appointment Today

If your little one has grown their first tooth, it’s time for their first checkup. You can schedule an appointment today by calling Shirley Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry in Shirley, NY, at 631-399-1600.