We treat children of all ages at our orthodontic offices in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Every patient we treat is different and has unique needs, so we design customized treatment programs that reflect those needs and build, over time, a healthy and beautiful smile.
Your general dentist may have you referred you to our office for an orthodontic evaluation or you may have found us on your own, concerned about the appearance of your child’s smile. Either way, we look forward to working with you and your child and answering your questions about orthodontics.
Does My Child Need an Orthodontic Evaluation?
We believe that every child should have an evaluation done by a skilled and experienced orthodontist in early childhood. Why? Because many problems can start early. By heading them off with conservative treatments when kids are young, we can avoid more complex or invasive treatments later. Not every child will need these interventions, of course, but if your child does, it’s much better to identify them now. Doing so could reduce the time your child spends in braces and eliminate the need for more costly interventions down the road.
Will My Young Child Need Braces?
Young children typically don’t get braces. While your child’s mouth is developing, we may recommend certain appliances that help widen the palate and increase spacing between teeth to increase the effectiveness of braces when they become necessary. We’ll discuss your child’s specific needs with you and make sure that you understand and agree with our proposed treatment plan.
When Will My Child Get Braces?
There’s no single answer to this question. When you have your consultation with one of our orthodontists, we’ll be able to better address this question, along with other common concerns like the length of time your child will be expected to wear braces and treatment costs (and financial options).
Are There Options Other Than Braces?
Yes! Your child may qualify for an option like Invisalign Teen. This orthodontic system uses clear aligners to guide your child’s teeth into their proper positions. Many of our patients love this option because it addresses their concerns about their appearance and doesn’t create the same limitations that braces can. With Invisalign Teen, most people will never even notice the aligners and your child can enjoy all their favorite foods. We are happy to discuss this and other options with you to see if your child is a good candidate.
Call for Your Consultation
You can call our office to schedule a complimentary consultation for your child. We look forward to discussing the best way to improve both the health and appearance of your child’s smile!