At Forever Smiles Orthodontics, your child can begin working toward a lifetime of beautiful smiles as young as seven years old. Our team can craft a treatment plan that accounts for your child’s growth spurts while guiding them to a happier and healthier smile. Braces may be the perfect corrective treatment for your little one because the appliance is both low-maintenance and highly effective. We provide our same attention to detail and superior care to patients of all ages. Our team is excited to help your child achieve their forever smile.
We offer a variety of teeth-straightening options, including fast-working metal braces with Pitts 21™ brackets and ceramic braces. Using Pitts 21 brackets and Smile Arc Protection (SAP) bracket placement, our Forever Smiles Orthodontics team applies the latest orthodontic advancement to straighten your child’s teeth with as little pressure as possible. We work to give your child an even, stunning smile with minimal discomfort so they can have an easy and enjoyable treatment process.
When Should My Child Get Braces?
Every patient is different, but we suggest your child come in for their first orthodontic evaluation around the age of seven. Our team is knowledgeable about the growth and development of the mouth and jaw, and they can assess certain problems early on and plan current and future treatment steps accordingly.
Based on our team’s guidance, if you decide that your child will benefit from braces, we can align your child’s teeth during pivotal growth years. Forever Smiles Orthodontics uses the latest techniques and evidence to determine the best starting point for your child’s orthodontic treatment. Timing treatment correctly based on their growth patterns ensures that your child gets a straight smile with long-term stability.
How Do I Know If My Child Needs to See an Orthodontist?
A common misconception is that you need a referral from your general dentist to visit our office. While many dentists will suggest orthodontic treatment based on what they observe during your child’s appointments, you also have the ability to reach out to our office for a complimentary consultation so we can assess your child’s treatment needs. You spend more time with your child than anyone else, and you may notice certain problems such as overcrowding or misalignment before anyone else.
What to Expect When Getting Braces for Kids?
The first step in any orthodontic treatment is a complimentary consultation during which we will get to know the patient and help discern their needs and goals for a stunning, healthy smile. While your child may not yet have goals for their smile, every growing patient can benefit from a beautiful smile that inspires confidence. We will perform a comprehensive exam and take clinical photographs of your child’s mouth and jaw so we can better understand their current oral health.
While we suggest that your child comes in for their first evaluation around the age of seven, it may not always be the best time for them to begin braces. Dr. Camacho and the rest of our team are committed to providing your child with only the best and most necessary services. If we don’t believe they will benefit from treatment right away, we will give you our insight and recommend treatment or evaluation in the future.
If braces are required immediately to help your child achieve their forever smile, there are a few things you can expect during their treatment. Depending on the type of braces you choose, your child will have regular appointments for adjustments so that we can ensure consistent pressure is being applied to their teeth.
To protect their treatment progress, it’s important that your child avoids chewy, sticky, or hard foods that could damage their brackets or pull on their wires. By sticking to foods that are soft and easy to chew, they can enjoy seamless progress without any emergency appointments for poking brackets and wires.
You want the results from your child’s orthodontic care to last for life. To that end, the Forever Smiles Orthodontics team fits your child with a retainer to maintain their results. It’s important that you work with your child to make sure they wear their retainer regularly. This prevents their teeth from moving out of the aligned position and their smile from regressing.
The Cost of Braces
The cost of braces varies depending on the patient and the extent of their orthodontic needs. If your child has more extensive issues that we need to address with braces treatment, they may need to keep their appliance on for longer, which would increase the cost of treatment. While we believe that investing in braces is an investment into improved oral health and boosted self-esteem, we understand that some families may be concerned about budgeting this expense. To help our younger patients achieve the smile they deserve, we have designed flexible financing plans so your family can easily afford this transformative treatment. We also are excited to partner with your insurance provider to limit costs.