There are many things we worry about as parents, but your child’s smile doesn’t have to be one of them. Our expert team at Epic Dentistry is here to help your child from their first tooth, to orthodontic treatment and beyond.

What Should Parents Know About Children’s Orthodontics?

Children should visit the orthodontist for the first time around the age of seven. This is the ideal time because baby teeth will have begun to fall out, and permanent teeth will be replacing them. We can start to get an idea of how the adult smile is taking shape, check the development of the jaw, and determine if there are any areas for concern.

However, if your children are over the age of seven and haven’t yet visited an orthodontist, that doesn’t mean their window for treatment is gone. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age, but treatment may get more involved the older you are when it begins.

Younger children have the benefit of a jaw that is still growing, making it much easier to create a harmonious smile. For our younger patients, we can guide the jaw into its ideal position, thereby preventing more serious issues from arising later.

Some patients may benefit from early interventive treatment or two-phase treatment. The first phase involves guiding the growth of the jaw to allow for the most ideal environment for the permanent teeth to erupt. We will work to guide the growth of the jaw, expand the palate, or whatever else is needed to ensure adequate space for the permanent teeth to erupt.

The second phase is the straightening phase. Using braces or clear aligners, the teeth are gently guided to their ideal locations. Two phase treatment often makes the straightening phase of treatment more efficient and effective.

There are several different treatment options that can help your child or teen get the smile they deserve. From standard metal braces to more aesthetically pleasing options like clear aligners, we offer it all.

  • Metal braces are sleeker and more effective than ever before. They offer highly reliable results and are often the most cost effective option.
  • Clear braces work the same as metal braces, however the brackets are made of clear or tooth colored material, helping them blend in better.
  • Invisalign Teen is the almost invisible way to straighten your smile using a series of removable aligners that fit comfortably over the teeth.

After the initial consultation, we will discuss the treatment options available, as well as which we believe is the most ideally suited to meet your child’s needs. It is important to remember that while we do offer a variety if options, not every one will be ideally suited to your child’s needs.

Your child’s time in treatment will depend on a number of factors. More severe cases will generally take longer to correct. However, patients who have undergone early interceptive treatment often enjoy shorter treatment times during the straightening phase of treatment than patients who do not use two phase treatment. That is because we have done the difficult work of guiding the jaw growth to ensure the most ideal environment for the straightening portion of treatment.

One factor we cannot take into account when planning for treatment is how your child’s mouth will respond to the treatment. That, combined with your child’s compliance, plays a large role in treatment time, as well. The average patient will spend anywhere from 12-36 months in treatment.

Orthodontic treatment should be considered an investment in the health of your child’s smile. Orthodontic treatment improves oral health by creating an environment that is easier to keep clean, thereby helping to prevent decay and gum disease.

If you are concerned about the cost of orthodontic treatment, the good news is there are many ways to help make treatment more affordable. At Epic Dentistry we offer highly affordable treatment options, and accept most major dental insurance plans. A financial coordinator can ensure you get all of the benefits that your insurance allots.

We firmly believe that no family should have to choose between their oral health and their budgets. We offer convenient payment plans that can fit into any budget, as well as financing options with low to zero interest. Everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile and our financial coordinators will ensure that is within your grasp.

Orthodontic treatment is important because it sets your child up for a lifetime of good oral health.