Orthodontics Specialist

Parrish Children's Dentistry

Patricia Schnur, DMD

Dentistry & Children's Dentist located in Parrish, FL

If your child has crooked, overcrowded, or misaligned teeth, orthodontics can address these issues and prevent them from getting worse. At Parrish Children’s Dentistry in Parrish, Florida, expert dentist Patricia Schnur, DMD, provides orthodontics treatment for children and teenagers. To schedule an appointment for your child, call the office and speak with a friendly staff member, or book a consultation online today.

Orthodontics Q & A

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry focused on diagnosing, treating, and preventing misaligned teeth and jaws.

If your child has crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, or improperly aligned teeth, they’re also more likely to experience oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease. When left untreated, orthodontic issues can also negatively affect your child’s self-esteem.

Orthodontics uses advanced technologies to safely and effectively improve the aesthetic appearance and function of your child's teeth. Early intervention provides a safe and effective way to boost your child’s oral health and confidence.

What types of problems can benefit from orthodontics?

Orthodontics is incredibly versatile. Dr. Schnur regularly recommends orthodontics to treat:

  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Misaligned jaws
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Open bites
  • Issues with chewing and speech

Dr. Schnur also uses orthodontics to minimize the appearance of gaps or spaces between teeth.

Are there different types of orthodontics?

At Parrish Family Dentistry, Dr. Schnur offers several types of orthodontics, including:

Traditional braces

Traditional braces use wires, brackets, and rubber bands. They place light pressure on your child’s teeth, gradually changing their position over a period of 12-18 months.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces. The only difference is that Dr. Schnur bonds them to the back of your teeth instead of the front. This allows your child to receive orthodontic treatment in a discreet fashion.

Clear braces

Clear braces use ceramic brackets and white wires to blend in with your teeth. This makes them less visible. However, clear braces can collect stains over time. If your child elects to undergo orthodontic treatment with clear braces, it’s important they brush and floss regularly.


Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic trays to gradually straighten and align your child’s teeth. Invisalign aligners are made from SmartTrack®, an FDA-approved thermoplastic that’s free of BPA, BPS, latex, and gluten. Usually, Dr. Schnur recommends Invisalign to correct mild or moderate orthodontic issues.

Does treatment with orthodontics hurt?

Orthodontics treatment is safe and usually well-tolerated. If your child elects to wear lingual braces, traditional braces, or clear braces, it’s normal to experience mild tenderness following the initial placement or after adjustments.

If your child complains of orthodontics-related pain, an over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol® or Advil® should provide relief.

To explore orthodontics treatment for your child, schedule an appointment at Parrish Children’s Dentistry. Call the office and speak with a friendly staff member, or book a consultation online today.