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Children's Orthodontics Specialist

House of Braces

Yon H. Lai, DDS, PC

Orthodontist located in Lower East Side, New York, NY & Flushing, NY

Children’s orthodontics provides a safe and effective way to treat crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw. It can provide a more balanced, symmetrical smile and improve your child’s oral health. At House of Braces, in Flushing, Queens, and the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, Yon Lai, DDS, PC, and the team offer children’s orthodontics to kids of all ages. To make an appointment for your child, call the nearest office or click the online booking tool.

Children's Orthodontics Q&A

What is children’s orthodontics?

Children’s orthodontics diagnoses, treats, and prevents misalignments of the teeth and jaw. It uses custom oral appliances, like braces, retainers, and headgear to gradually move your child’s teeth and jaw into the optimal position.

By improving the location of your child’s teeth and jaw, you can preserve their oral health for years to come. Properly spaced teeth are much easier to brush and floss. What’s more, good oral hygiene significantly lowers the risk of cavities, tooth decay, and other more serious complications.

What types of appliances does children’s orthodontics use?

At the House of Braces, the team uses various children’s orthodontic appliances, including:

Temporary anchorage devices (TADs)

TADs are miniature screws implanted in your child’s jaw during an outpatient procedure. Once placed, your child’s provider connects rubber bands or wires to them. The wires or rubber bands place mild pressure on your child’s teeth, speeding up the orthodontic treatment process.


Retainers are custom oral appliances that your child wears after their braces are removed. The retainer prevents their teeth from shifting, ensuring they remain in the optimal position. Retainers are made from various materials, including plastic and metal. Some are removable; others are bonded to your teeth.


Headgear is an external appliance that connects to your child’s braces. It’s particularly beneficial if your child’s teeth or jaw are severely misaligned. Headgear applies additional force. It’s worn overnight, while your child is sleeping.

Conventional braces

Conventional braces feature metal brackets, archwires, and rubber bands. These appliances work together to place mild pressure on your child’s teeth and jaw, improving their location and appearance. Most children wear braces for 12-18* months, but it can take longer.

What types of issues can children’s orthodontics correct?

At the House of Braces, the team uses children’s orthodontics to treat various alignment issues, including:

  • Crowding
  • Crooked and overlapping teeth
  • A misaligned jaw
  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite

Your child might also benefit from children’s orthodontics if they have visible gaps between two or more teeth.

Is my child a candidate for children’s orthodontics?

To determine if your child is a candidate for children’s orthodontics, the team at House of Braces conducts an oral exam and reviews their dental health history. Then, they take a series of X-rays to assess the alignment of their teeth and jaw. If your child’s provider detects any abnormalities, they develop a custom care plan to align with their needs.

To further explore children’s orthodontics, make an appointment for your child at House of Braces by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking tool today.

*Individual results may vary.