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Frequently Asked Questions About Braces By Parents Like YOU

When should I bring my child to see an orthodontist in New York?

When Should I Bring My Child To NY OrthodontistThe American Association of Orthodontists recommend that you bring your child to an orthodontist for a first examination at age 7.  While this may seem too early to get braces, it is a crucial time in your child’s growth and development.  Dr. Schechtman can see how your child’s face and teeth are developing to determine if there are problems and when treatment is needed;  now or in the future.  Parents find it comforting to learn that most children do not need any treatment at age 7.


Can we put off braces and orthodontic treatment?

Putting off braces and orthodontic treatment can result in a need for more invasive treatment later in life that may not completely fix a smile without extractions or surgery.  Timely orthodontic treatment is most effective for achieving best results.

Will braces limit my child’s activity pursuits and diet?

There is a variety of types of braces. Dr. Schechtman will look at the best options with you and determine which types of braces fit your child’s lifestyle:  Removable or fixed.   Fixed braces will require mouth guards for sports.  Patients who play wind instruments will have a short adjustment period to new braces.  All fixed braces require certain dietary limitations, avoiding hard and sticky foods, to prevent brackets needing replacement.

Will my child be made fun of in school?

Will Braces Limit My Child’s ActivityTypically braces are seen by schoolchildren as a rite of passage to becoming a pre-teen or teenager. Oftentimes there are actually perceived as “cool.”

Dr. Schechtman is the only orthodontist in Westchester and Putnam counties of New York (NY) to offer SureSmile.

SureSmile can speed up your time in braces as much as 35%.  Additionally, we offer Invisalign for virtually invisible orthodontics. We even offer braces behind the teeth. In short, Dr. Schechtman doesn’t limit you with only one type of braces. He educates you and helps you choose the best type of braces for you.

Furthermore, over the 25 plus years Dr. Schechtman has been practicing, several students from local high schools who were voted “Best Smile In The Class” were Dr. Schechtman’s patients.


At Schechtman Orthodontics of Jefferson Valley and Purchase, NY, we want to ensure you are confident with your decision for not only your choice in orthodontic treatment, but also for the orthodontics office in New York you choose to start your or your child's orthodontics. To ensure you are completely confident in your decision, we offer a few no-obligation, no-pressure ways to get started!

  1. Find out what the most important aspects are in choosing the right orthodontist in Jefferson Valley and Purchase, NY for you or your child by reading our free report, "The Top 10 Things To Know Before Choosing Your Orthodontist."
  2. Take this assessment to see if Dr. Schechtman is the right orthodontist for you or your family!
  3. Click here to fill out the form to receive your complimentary Schechtman Smile Analysis, a $250 value!
  4. Call 914.962.9600 to speak with a Schechtman Orthodontics team member right away!
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