We know that every parent would like their children to grow up with a beautiful smile. Pediatric orthodontics is the branch of orthodontic dentistry that deals with children, and teens. Our staff at Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Sudbury is well-versed in providing compassionate care to children of all ages. We know how to help your child feel secure and safe during their dental and orthodontic procedures. We are also experts in a variety of orthodontic treatments and approaches for children, including early pediatric orthodontics, two-phase treatments, and braces for teenagers.
The word “orthodontics” often brings to mind metal braces and teenagers. And while metal braces can be a big part of orthodontic treatment, it goes way beyond that. Orthodontics is also for younger children and not just teenagers. Pediatric orthodontic treatment can happen even before permanent teeth erupt. Typically, infants do not need orthodontic treatment except for severe congenital issues such as a cleft lip or palate. However, you should bring your infant in for a general dental examination by age 1 or when their first tooth erupts. Your child should first be evaluated for orthodontic issues around the age of 7.
Here are some things to look out for that might indicate your child needs to see an orthodontist:
Many of these issues are easy to treat with pediatric orthodontics. By consulting with our qualified orthodontist, you will have a plan of treatment to help your child gain the best smile with the most optimal function.
Early orthodontic treatment typically happens around the age of 8 or 9 and prepares the child to benefit the most from braces when the time is right. Early treatment is “Phase One” of Two-Phase Treatment (see below). It’s all about preparing the teeth and jaws for the proper placement of teeth as the child grows. It also makes room for permanent teeth, so the child won’t need to undergo an extraction later on.
Two-Phase Treatment is exactly what it sounds like – an orthodontic treatment for children that is completed in two phases. Phase One (as mentioned) is about laying the groundwork for Phase Two. In Phase Two, braces or other appliances are used to correct the position of the teeth and establish a functional and attractive smile.
At Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics of Sudbury, we provide a wide range of orthodontic treatment solutions. We offer traditional metal braces with a variety of color options. If your teenager prefers a less obvious look, we have clear ceramic braces as well as Invisalign® clear aligners. With our state-of-the-art technology and knowledgeable staff, we can help your teenager obtain the winning smile of their dreams.
Dr. Leo Spyrou, brings over 30 years experience as both a dentist and an orthodontist to his patients in Reading and the whole “North of Boston” area. In addition to a Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Tufts University, Dr. Spyrou received specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry and Temporomandibular Joint Disorders before earning his Post-graduate Degree in Orthodontics.
As well as practicing orthodontics, Dr. Spyrou enjoys teaching postgraduate orthodontics in the orthodontic department at Tufts, and is committed to staying current with the latest advances in orthodontia for children and adults. He is a member of numerous associations, including the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists, and the Tufts Association of Orthodontists.
Dr. Hayes was born in New York and spent her childhood and early adult years in Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical sciences from the University of South Florida, while working full time as an orthodontic assistant. She then made the move north to endure the New England winters where she received her D.M.D degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Upon graduation, she began working as a General Dentist, where she quickly realized she wanted to specialize in orthodontics. She returned to Tufts and received her Certificate in Orthodontics.
We love working with children and are looking forward to meeting yours. Contact us to schedule a complimentary pediatric orthodontic evaluation for your child. If we find something that needs correction, we will then review possible treatment options. Your child will then receive a comprehensive orthodontic exam, and we will take X-rays and digital images of the mouth to guide treatment. We are here to answer any questions you may have along the way.