Blog Archive - 2022

While it is virtually never too early or too late to have an orthodontic evaluation, it is typically recommended that children have their first orthodontic exam by the time they are six or seven years-old. Around this age, the first molars begin to show, which enables our experienced orthodontist, Kenneth Banasiak, DMD, to determine whether your child is currently showing signs of orthodontic problems, or if there is a significant potential for orthodontic problems to develop. Crooked teeth, crowded teeth, and a misaligned bite are often much easier to correct at early stages of development. If it looks like treatment may be necessary, our practice offers some of the most advanced forms of braces for kids, as well as other […]

Dr. Kenneth Banasiak highlights the numerous ways self-ligating braces can benefit patients.

Dr. Kenneth Banasiak, an orthodontist in New Jersey, explains how self-ligating braces can be more beneficial than traditional braces and why he offers this innovative treatment. Basking Ridge, NJ – Patients concerned with crooked teeth, misaligned teeth, or bite issues may assume that traditional metal braces are the only solution for their needs. Thanks to the advancements in orthodontic techniques and technology, self-ligating braces have become another state-of-the-art option for people who are unhappy with the appearance of their smile. New Jersey orthodontist Kenneth Banasiak, DMD offers self-ligating braces to his patients and explains the many advantages of the self-ligating system. No elastic bands or metal ties required. Traditional braces often use elastic bands or metal ties to secure the […]

Little girl smiling and holding teeth model at dentist's office

Thumb-sucking is a natural and common occurrence among babies and young children. It is often viewed as a phase that most kids go through. Understandably, some parents may wonder if this habit will have a negative impact on their child’s teeth later on in life. Thumb-sucking is typically harmless up to the age of five; however, kids who continue to suck their thumbs past that age are more at risk of developing orthodontic issues. Children with a more aggressive habit are more likely to need braces or other types of orthodontic solutions in the future to improve the condition of their teeth and mouth. While thumb-sucking among children usually stops at a certain age, the action of prolonged sucking of […]