The benefits of choosing a kids’ orthodontist
It’s completely normal for children to need braces as their mouths grow, but the experience can cause some nervous feelings. Choosing an orthodontist with plenty of experience with children will ensure lasting results and increase your child’s chance of having a positive experience.
Parents bring their children to Fredericksburg Orthodontics for:
- A calming experience: Our orthodontists and staff create a welcoming atmosphere for children. We have years of pediatric experience, and we understand how to soothe the most restless kids. Count on Fredericksburg Orthodontics for compassionate pediatric orthodontic services.
- Results that last: Children’s mouths are still growing, each in a unique way from the next. Our experienced orthodontists provide effective orthodontic treatment options that address the current situation while considering how continued growth will shape the child’s mouth.
- Excellent communication: At-home care is a significant factor in successful orthodontic treatment and good oral health. Our pediatric staff explains important information in a way that makes sense to kids while also educating parents on how they can help.
When should my child see an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist by the age of 7. At this age, children have mixed dentition (a combination of primary and permanent teeth), and an orthodontist can assess the space available and any occlusal issues your child may have. Once your child begins losing their baby teeth, many other dental changes begin to occur! As your neighborhood kids’ orthodontist, Fredericksburg Orthodontics can monitor these developments. Some children may have inconsistencies or adjustment issues that require braces.
Every child’s needs are unique. At Fredericksburg Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on personalized care. When you and your child arrive for their consultation, we’ll examine their teeth and jaw development. We may also ask about genetic concerns. The orthodontist will let you know if your child may benefit from early interceptive treatment, and if so, the ideal time to start.
Wearing a retainer after orthodontic treatment is essential for lasting results. We offer Hawley retainers, fixed retainers and clear aligners.
Aligners are a comfortable choice for children during early interceptive treatment. Invisalign® First clear aligners remedy many teeth and jaw alignment concerns before further treatment.
Teens can choose this clear removable aligner for a virtually unnoticeable treatment system.
Why do kids get braces?
While we offer braces for many teens and adults, it’s common for kids as young as seven to begin orthodontic treatment. Kids’ braces are a versatile and preventive solution that can mitigate future oral health issues. We often recommend braces for kids’ teeth that show signs of:
Early orthodontic treatment matters
Often referred to as Phase 1, early interceptive treatment is the first stage of orthodontic treatment offered by orthodontists to mitigate some forms of malocclusions such as crowding, overbite, underbite and crossbite. Early interceptive treatment addresses the spacing issues in the upper arch to accommodate incoming larger permanent teeth. The goal of Phase 1 treatment is to catch developing problems early before they become big problems, which may require extractions.
Children only get one set of adult teeth, so make sure they receive the treatment they need for a lifetime of beautiful smiles. Early interception youth orthodontic services catch jaw and teeth alignment issues to ensure new teeth have a straight path to grow. Seeing an orthodontist as early as age 6 or 7 is the best way to address potential problems and maximize the effectiveness of future treatment. Schedule an appointment with Fredericksburg Orthodontics to resolve teeth or jaw misalignment early and reduce the need for treatment later in life.
Kids' questions about braces
Schedule a consultation with Fredericksburg’s local pediatric orthodontist
At Fredericksburg Orthodontics, we make it easy to choose the perfect treatment option for your kids. We want you to feel confident in your child’s orthodontic care, so we offer across-the-board pricing options for all kids’ braces. Decide on the best treatment for your needs, not just your budget.
If you’re looking for a reliable, kid-friendly orthodontic office near Fredericksburg, Virginia, bring your child to Fredericksburg Orthodontics. Our office has served patients of all ages since 2005, and we’re happy to treat your child. Schedule a complimentary consultation to start your child on the path toward a straighter smile.