Orthodontics are about more than straight teeth. The growth and movement of the jaw, overbites, underbites, and missing, crowded, or impacted teeth are problems that need orthodontic care.

An orthodontist specializes in recognizing alignment issues, preventing crowding problems, and identifying serious complications with the permanent teeth that are emerging.

Your child should have an orthodontic examination by the time they are age 7. Most children have complete dental growth by the time they are 12 years old. Early orthodontic intervention will decrease the need for extraction of permanent teeth later.

Of course, if you notice that something doesn’t seem quite right with your child’s mouth, schedule an appointment immediately. Don’t feel that you have to wait until they turn 7. Early intervention is the best intervention.


The first orthodontic visit will provide the following answers:

  • Is there a problem?

  • How do we correct it?

  • Will we need to remove any teeth?

  • How long with treatment last?

  • How much will treatment cost?

Can you be with your child for their examination? Absolutely. Not only does it help keep your child more comfortable, but also helps calm the nerves of the parent.

Dr. Michael Weisberg is not only a pediatric dentist, but also an orthodontist.

Call 845-362-SMILE (7645) to schedule a visit.