Perhaps your general dentist just told you that it’s time for your child to get braces. Or, maybe you’re simply wondering if and when your child may need orthodontic treatment. It’s normal for parents to have many questions when it comes to their child’s dental and orthodontic health. While fielding all these questions, you probably can’t help but ask the most important one: How do I go about finding the best orthodontist?
Although seeking the perfect orthodontist for your child can feel overwhelming, at Penn Dental Family Practice we help make that choice easier. Not only do we provide quality, reliable orthodontic care, we also offer two convenient locations in the Philadelphia area.
Learn more about why PDFP is the choice of orthodontists in Philadelphia for patients of all ages and stages.
People often think of orthodontic treatments such as braces and invisible braces as the way to produce a beautiful smile, but there are many other things happening behind the scenes:
It is important to find an orthodontist skilled and practiced in providing orthodontic procedures to ensure safe, effective outcomes. A board-certified orthodontist has two to three additional years of education, which equips them to perform these orthodontic services.
Many parents are curious about braces versus invisible braces for their child(ren). A consultation is the best way to determine whether traditional braces or clear aligners will best suit the needs of your child.
Traditional braces that require metal wires and brackets with three-to-four week adjustments vary in length of treatment for both children and adults. The duration of traditional braces can take anywhere from 24 to 36 months.
Unlike metal braces with brackets, invisible braces utilize several stages of clear aligners to correct orthodontic issues. Typically, patients that wear clear aligners consistently and according to the recommended guidelines, complete orthodontic treatment between 9 to 18 months. Often, patients will express feeling more comfortable wearing clear aligners. There is also evidence to support that invisible braces offer better protection from periodontal disease (as compared to traditional braces).
Some children begin orthodontic treatment as early as six or seven, while others may not need orthodontic intervention until later. Again, a consultation with an orthodontist will confirm whether your child is ready for orthodontic treatment.
Maybe you have heard that orthodontic treatment restricts what you can eat. Depending on what type of orthodontic procedure you receive—traditional braces or clear aligners—there may be a few minor limitations when it comes to eating certain foods.
Corn on the cob, sticky foods such as taffy-type candy, hard candies, mints, and nuts should be avoided by those fitted with traditional braces. Even crunchy apples and pears should be cut into smaller pieces to avoid a wire or bracket from coming loose.
As for invisible braces, since the aligner trays can be removed when eating, there are no food restrictions. However, your orthodontist will likely reiterate the importance of keeping aligners in your child’s mouth as much as possible—so as soon as mealtime is over—back in they go!
The only other way your child’s routine may change as a result of orthodontic treatment is regular visits to the office for adjustments or a new set of aligners.
At Penn Dental Family Practice, part of what makes our offerings unique is a foundation of dental experts with extensive experience and knowledge in the art and science of dental medicine. Our PDFP dentists not only provide a variety of comprehensive services such as orthodontics; they are also respected professionals at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania.
As the best orthodontic choice in Greater Philadelphia, our patients select us because of the following reasons (and more):
240 S 40th St, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
3737 Market St. Suite 1000
Philadelphia, PA 19104
While we are not currently offering in-person orthodontic visits, we do have emergency dental care available, in addition to teledentistry appointment options. To learn more, call us any time at 215-898-7337.