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Orthodontics FAQs

Children's Dental Center of New Hampshire is your pediatric dentist in Amherst, NH. We provide comprehensive dental and orthodontic care for the youngest mouths, including Invisalign and Invisalign First aligners. Keep reading frequently asked questions about orthodontic treatment, and come see us for Invisalign in Amherst, NH, if you think your child is ready for orthodontic treatment.

Do I need orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment can correct all types of malocclusions, overcrowding, and bite problems like an overbite or underbite. if you or your child have these malocclusions, you could benefit from orthodontic treatment. The benefits of straight teeth and a beautiful smile will follow your child throughout their life.

When should I start orthodontic treatment?

It is typically recommended to start orthodontic treatment between the ages of 12-14. At this age, all the adult teeth have come in but the jaw bone is not fully developed, making some malocclusions easier to correct. Invisalign First aligners can be used to treat children as young as 6-10 with pre-orthodontic treatment.

Will I need to have teeth extracted?

If your teeth are overcrowded, this can create potential problems for orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist will recommend having teeth extracted so there is enough space for your other teeth to shift into a straight position.

How long is orthodontic treatment?

With traditional braces, a typical treatment plan lasts around two years. One advantage to Invisalign in Amherst, NH, is that a typical treatment plan is shorter and completed in about a year.

Will I get cavities?

When you have traditional braces, there is a risk of white spot lesions, or early decay forming around the brackets if you don't practice great oral hygiene during treatment. Removable Invisalign aligners allow you to brush and floss without obstruction so you don't have an elevated risk of decay.

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

Invisalign treatment consists of a series of removable clear aligners you wear in succession to gently shift your teeth. The biggest advantage to removable aligners is they don't restrict you from any foods and you can brush and floss your teeth regularly.

Children's Dental Center of New Hampshire provides dental and orthodontic care for children of all ages. If you are interested in braces or Invisalign treatment in Amherst, NH, contact us for an appointment at (603) 673-1000.

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