Dr. Teixeira says there is a definite psychological benefit for starting examination and treatment early. The success of orthodontics is quite dependent on the willingness of the child to follow specific eating, teeth cleaning and other requirements. "Children at this age are very cooperative. They are willing to listen, understand and cooperate. Three or four years later you've almost lost them. It's hard for teenagers to comply."
She says there have been many new developments in treatment. Children no longer have to dread having their smiles obscured by a wall of metal. Many new devices are barely visible, less intrusive in daily living and more comfortable.
As a parting word to parents who continue to worry about finances, Dr. Teixeira points to an additional option. Parents can check out orthodontic medical colleges, such as hers, and certain teaching hospitals in the New York City area which offer fee- discounted services.
For more information:
Pam Paladin, 314-993-1700, ext. 524
Dr. Christina Teixeira, 201-714-9800
Dr. Garrett Weston, 914-834-0305
Article and photos courtesy of Dr. Harold Wolfson.