Orthodontist in Clifton, NJ
LET’S GET BRACED… You’ve got a beautiful smile and at Dentistry for Children, we believe braces may help you really LOVE your smile. What do braces do? They help to align your teeth better and give you a nice BITE! Our board-certified orthodontist,
Dr. Rupali Shah, wants to help give you the best possible experience.
Orthodontics...How to Start
It’s as easy as 1…2…3!
We invite you to come in for 2-3 visits, approximately 30mins each:
1. Free Consultation
The orthodontist will take a look into your mouth and determine if your teeth need some help to be aligned. We will look for crowding and spacing that can’t get better over time.
2. Records Appointment
We will need to take important X-rays, intra-oral photos, and an impression of your mouth to assess the growth and development of your teeth and jaw. These images help the orthodontist see developing teeth and around the head.
3. Free Comprehensive Evaluation
Have a chat with the orthodontist to come up with a plan of action. We’ll be able to give you all the details of our findings from your records appointment. We will also discuss the length of treatment and any fees / insurance-related info.
There’s no pressure. When you want to move forward, we’d be happy to create a contract and setup your first appointment! Please keep in mind, Records are only valid for a maximum of 6 months from the date they were taken.
An orthodontist receives special training to fix misaligned teeth. An orthodontist must first complete regular dental training and then has an extra four years of specialty training in orthodontics. If you have misalignment in your teeth and/or jaw, a dentist will refer you to an orthodontist.
As permanent teeth begin to replace baby (or primary) teeth, we recommend an orthodontic evaluation. This typically takes place by 7 years of age and the American Association of Orthodontists suggests that children receive an examination by an orthodontist no later than this age.
The orthodontist will look at your child’s teeth, face and jaws to determine proper growth and development. X-rays may be given if recent ones aren’t available or don’t provide the proper angels necessary for evaluation. We are specifically looking at tooth placement, bite and jaw alignment, and the overall development of the mouth and face. If a problem exists, or if one is developing, the orthodontist will advise you on treatment options.
Three common malocclusions (bite problems) are crossbite, crowding and impacted teeth.
Crossbite – A crossbite exists where the top teeth and bottom teeth do not come together or bite in the correct position. Instead, the upper teeth fit inside the lower teeth when the mouth is closed. If the back teeth are affected, the upper teeth sit inside of bottom teeth and this is referred to as a posterior crossbite. In an anterior crossbite, one or more top teeth sit behind the bottom teeth. This should not be confused with an underbite, where all of the top teeth are located behind the bottom teeth and the bottom jaw is pushed strongly forward.
Crowding – Overcrowding of teeth is when there is not enough space in your mouth for your permanent teeth to grow in straight. This can cause misalignment of your bite and teeth.
Impacted Teeth – An impacted tooth is a tooth that does not fully erupt above the gums. This is typically caused by overcrowding, your jaw is too small for all of your teeth or the tooth is erupting in the wrong direction. Not all impacted teeth require oral surgery.