Braces for Kids

Early orthodontic treatment can set the stage for a lifetime of confidence. Between Dr. Saxe, Dr. Drowley and our team, we have decades of experience treating young patients with growing mouths. It’s not just about ‘straightening teeth’, it’s about establishing a healthy foundation to support a beautiful set of permanent teeth.

As proud moms themselves, Dr. Saxe and Dr. Drowley have a genuine understanding of not only your child’s needs, but your concerns as well. We create a relaxing, comfortable environment for our young patients to enjoy their treatment process and feel safe every time they visit us.

How do I know if my child needs early orthodontic treatment?

The best way to know whether your child would benefit from treatment is by bringing them in for their complimentary consultation. Here are some common signs that may indicate a need for orthodontic treatment:

  • Persistent mouth-breathing
  • Thumbsucking or tongue-thrusting habits
  • Early, late or irregular loss of baby teeth
  • Crooked, crowded or gapped teeth
  • Jaw pain or facial pain
  • Lack of self esteem or confidence when smiling
  • Jaw shifting, popping or clicking
  • Difficult or pain when chewing or biting
  • Inability to chew food properly
  • Digestive issues caused by improper chewing

Why is early orthodontic treatment important?

A healthy smile is more than straight teeth! When problematic orthodontic conditions are left untreated, they can cause TMJ problems, poor oral hygiene, bad breath, cavities, gum disease, and even tooth decay.

When the teeth and jaw bones are aligned, it’s easier to brush all surfaces of the teeth and floss between each tooth. Straightening the teeth and aligning the jaw bones minimizes the hard-to-reach spaces, making a beautiful smile easier to maintain.

The younger years are also fundamental to establishing a healthy sense of confidence and self esteem. A healthy smile can have a significant impact on your child’s confidence. Every child deserves to smile confidently!

Phase 1 and Phase 2 Orthodontic Treatment

Early orthodontic treatment is most effective when separated into two phases, designed to work alongside the natural development of the teeth and jaw bones ,

What is Phase 1 treatment?

Phase 1 orthodontic treatment is typically completed between the ages of 7 and 10. The purpose of this treatment is to prepare the mouth for permanent teeth to emerge in a healthy alignment with a sufficient amount of space.

During this phase, many children are treated with a palatal expander appliance to widen the upper jaw and create enough room for permanent teeth to grow. Phase 1 orthodontic treatment focuses on ensuring healthy jaw bone development to establish a strong foundation for the permanent teeth to be aligned in Phase 2.

What is Phase 2 treatment?

This phase generally begins in the early teen years, when all of the permanent teeth have erupted.

The focus of Phase 2 treatment is to align the teeth and create a harmonious facial appearance. During this phase, a full treatment of braces or clear aligners is often completed. Both the top and bottom teeth are typically treated in Phase 2.

Every child develops at a different rate, so early orthodontic treatment for your child may be optimal at an earlier or later stage than average. At your complimentary consultation, we’ll help you determine the right path for your child.

Have questions about early orthodontic
treatment or braces for kids?

Early detection and intervention of problematic orthodontic conditions are crucial for improving your child’s bite functionality and self confidence. If your child hasn’t received his or her first orthodontic exam yet, or you’re not sure whether your child could benefit from treatment, we encourage you to request a complimentary consultation.

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