Braces + Invisalign

for Kids and Teens

Does my Child Need Braces?

Does my child need braces?

Getting an Early Evaluation

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child visits an orthodontist at the first sign of an orthodontic problem. Generally speaking, kids should see an orthodontist once their permanent teeth start coming in, around age 7. At this age, issues such as uneven bite and overcrowding will become apparent. We will be able to assess the possibilities. Starting the process early doesn't necessarily mean a child will get braces right away. In fact, an early evaluation isn’t always followed by treatments.

Why is early evaluation so important?

  • It can help prevent future problems
  • We can monitor your child’s growth and development

Early Orthodontic Treatment

Some conditions are easy to treat when caught early.

  • Crossbite
  • Severe crowding
  • Severe underbite
  • Protruded teeth: early treatment prevents chipping and fracture of teeth, and self image issues
  • Correcting bad habits: thumb sucking, mouth breather, tongue thrust
palatal expander for crossbite
Palatal Expander

What happens during the Initial Screening?

During the screening exam, we look for:

  • Crowding
  • Misplaced or blocked out teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that don’t fit together
  • Habits such as thumb sucking or mouth breathing

We can develop a plan to help guide teeth and jaw bones as they grow. In some cases, just a few braces and a palatal expander, worn for around 6-12 months, can prevent or reduce more serious problems from developing later.

Most importantly, a small change can make a big impact on a kid’s self-confidence.

Not every child needs early interceptive treatment. In that case, we will schedule observation checkups (at no cost) so that we can keep an eye on your child’s growth and development. That way, any necessary treatment can begin at just the right time.

We offer a flexible schedule for your kid’s treatment.

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What treatment options/types of braces are available?

At Smiles + Grins Orthodontics, we offer the highest quality care for our kids. We have clear and ceramic braces – which are far less noticeable – and a rainbow of rubber band colors. But we also offer the more affordable traditional metal braces. In many cases, we can offer Invisalign Teen as well. And for many smaller kids, we also offer Invisalign First.

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Invisalign First™

An orthodontic treatment designed for little smiles, ages 6-10. Is your child a candidate for this Phase I treatment? Take the assessment below!

Invisalign First™ assessment

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