About Children and Braces

A young smiling girl with bracesChildren and teenagers are ideal candidates for orthodontic treatment. Because the jawbone is soft and still growing, a young patient’s smile is particularly receptive to re-alignment. In addition to enhanced aesthetics, a straighter smile also offers significant health benefits including improved speech and better access for oral hygiene.

When Should You See an Orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a visit to the orthodontist at age 7 (or earlier if oral or facial irregularities are present). Early intervention allows us to guide the growth of the jawbone, ensuring that permanent teeth come in straight. We do this by creating more space where teeth are crowded and regulating the width of the upper and lower jaw. This helps to avoid impacted teeth and other costly and painful complications later on in life.

What Causes Misalignment?

Most bite issues are inherited, but they can also be caused or exacerbated by habits and behaviors that are common with young children including finger sucking, overuse of pacifiers, poor nutrition and poor oral hygiene.

Diagnosis

To determine if your child will benefit from braces, we will perform several painless diagnostic procedures. This initial phase may include panoramic X-rays, bite impressions, and computer-generated images of the head, neck and jaw. These steps also help us to decide on the best treatment option for your child.

Treatment

Braces are common among children. For this reason, the embarrassment factor is low when compared to adults, and therefore we often use traditional metal braces on children. Colorful bands are added, giving kids a new and fun way to express themselves! As a child moves into the teen years, however, he or she may request a more discreet treatment method such as Invisalign® or clear ceramic braces.

We are here to make your child’s orthodontic experience as comfortable and successful as possible. Please give us a call for more information.

General Dentistry

General Dentistry

We offer the most current technologies in cosmetic dentistry to create a dazzling smile that you'll be proud to show.

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Oral Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists specializing in surgery of the mouth, face and jaws.

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal Maintenance

Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases, (periodontal disease) than from cavities.

Children's Dentistry

Children's Dentistry

The first “regular” dental visit should be just after your child’s third birthday.

Orthodontics

Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of tooth misalignments and jaw irregularities...

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