At SmileCrew Orthodontics, we are passionate about helping the next generation of patients have an orthodontic experience as fun as it is effective. Younger patients love coming into our office and experiencing the upbeat atmosphere created by our passionate employees and dedicated doctors. As active community members, our team understands better than anyone that kids in our area could benefit from the incredible effects of braces treatment. Whether your child needs help making their smile more aesthetically pleasing or more functional, braces may be the perfect appliance for them.
When Should I Consider Taking My Child to See an Orthodontist?
We suggest bringing your child in for their first consultation around the age of seven, as this is when they begin to grow their first permanent teeth. Once we can see the growth patterns of their teeth and jaw, we can make more informed treatment decisions for the future. We’re dedicated to providing necessary services that benefit our patient’s future smiles, and we will never push your child into braces treatment prematurely.
How Can an Orthodontist Help My Child?
Children often have the greatest success in braces treatments because we can easily influence their growing mouths with these appliances. As early as age seven, we can identify oral health or growth issues that are small now but may become more extensive down the road. Issues such as overcrowding and jaw misalignment can make it uncomfortable for your child to perform essential functions such as biting, chewing, speaking, and more. Our orthodontists help provide your children with a lifetime of healthy and aesthetically pleasing smiles through early treatment and prevention.
What to Expect When Your Child Starts
We want your child’s time in braces to be smooth as they progress toward a happier smile, and they must avoid certain foods to achieve this goal. Hard, sticky, and chewy foods often pull wires off appliances and break brackets off teeth. While there are few true orthodontic emergencies, broken appliances are unnecessary hassles you can avoid by temporarily cutting these foods from their diet.
At SmileCrew Orthodontics, we are proud to offer various braces for our family of patients to choose from. We want your orthodontic experience to be perfectly tailored to your unique needs and goals, so we’ve gone the extra mile to the services you need to reach your needs and goals. Some of the modern treatments we offer include:
- Traditional Metal Braces: Metal braces have been a patient favorite for generations because they consistently deliver beautiful results. If you’ve been looking for a classic treatment that has a long history of treating simple and complex orthodontic issues, this may be the perfect choice for you. We’ll place stainless steel brackets on your teeth and place a wire that connects them for this treatment. We’ll bind the wire to each bracket with customizable elastics or rubber bands. Whenever you come in for adjustments, we’ll tighten this wire to provide your teeth with more pressure to gently shift them into place for your perfect smile.
- Clear (Ceramic) Braces: Clear ceramic braces are a great option for our patients who like the results of traditional metal braces but want a more discreet appliance. These braces work very similarly to traditional braces, but instead of stainless steel brackets, we use ceramic ones that blend almost flawlessly with your natural smile. While these brackets may be more aesthetically pleasing than metal braces, the ceramic material is less durable, so it’s usually recommended for teens and adults who have cosmetic concerns.
- Self-ligating Braces: Self-ligating braces look similar to traditional metal braces, but they have a few key differences that set them apart from other appliances. Instead of using elastics, self-ligating braces use specialized clips that keep the archwire in place. These clips apply less pressure to your teeth, and you will enjoy fewer appointments since we don’t have to replace any elastics. You can also choose whether your self-ligating brackets are clear, ceramic, or stainless steel.