Orthodontics For Children

For parents, it’s not always easy to know if your child needs orthodontic treatment, which is why our team offers free consultations to help you determine what’s best for your family.

While there is no exact age for beginning treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should first visit the orthodontist when they are around 7 years old.

By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for our team to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery.


Early Treatment Allows Us To:

  • Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
  • Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
  • Create more space for crowded teeth
  • Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
  • Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems
Dr. Rachel Soyland treating child

Your Child May Need to Visit Us if They Have:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • A hard time chewing or biting food
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
  • Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
  • Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
  • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight

Types of Braces for Children

One of the most common types of orthodontic treatment for children are braces, as they are effective for correcting a wide variety of conditions.

That being said, there are many different kinds of braces, and all of them come with different price points and benefits.

  • Some of the most common styles our practice uses include:
  • Traditional metal braces
  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Invisalign® aligners

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Every child’s needs and wants are different, which is why we will work with you, the parent, to determine what the best solution is for your child. If your child needs an exam, contact us to schedule an appointment.