Orthodontics For Kids and Teens

Orthodontics for kids and teens has changed rapidly in the last 20 years. Now, we have more options than every before to keep your kids happy and comfortable on their orthodontic journey.

Is Getting An Early Orthodontic Consult Really That Important For Kids?

The American Academy of Orthodontics strongly recommends that parents have their kids seen by an orthodontist at age 7.

Don’t worry! We don’t want to throw braces on your child as fast as possible. The reason is that early detection can save you time and money in the long run.

By age 7  a child’s adult molars begin to emerge; which can cause crowding and archway issues, even for a young kiddo.

If real orthodontic, alignment and bite issues are detected early, early orthodontic prevention, like Phase 1 treatment, can truly save us time and you money!

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Two Phase Orthodontics - Gimmick or Effective?

Two-Phase orthodontic care isn’t a trick to get your child into two sets of braces!

Two-phase orthodontic care allows us to split up orthodontic care into two segments to get better results. In the first phase, called Phase 1,  aims to treat common early childhood problems. This phase of treatment usually begins while the permanent front teeth are erupting and can help to turn a difficult orthodontic problem into a more manageable one.

Phase 1 care really helps us address problems before that become big problems that might keep your child in braces for years, or even require surgery to correct.

The second phase of treatment, Phase II, is recommended after all permanent teeth have completed eruption. This serves to complete proper alignment which cannot be achieved with baby teeth present.

Convenient Orthodontic Options for Kids And Teens.

Something you’ll hear us say often is, “These aren’t the braces your parents had as kids!”

Orthodontic technology has come a long way in the past few decades. Orthodontic care is truly much more comfortable, convenient, and faster than ever before. In fact, lots of our cases can be finished in close to 18 months – not the 2 to 4 years us adults were used to as a kid!

Not only that, we realize that styles and opinions have changed as well. That’s why we offer options like Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, and also Clear Braces.

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Common Questions About Orthodontics For Kids

Does An Evaluation Cost Money?

No! Of course not!

Our consultations are always free. We just want to get to know you and know what issues you or your child might be facing. We want you to know as much as possible about your case.

For us, it’s about building a relationship with you or your child!

What If My Kid Doesn't Need Phase 1 Treatment?

While not every child needs Phase One Orthodontic care, they still need monitoring.

Phase One consultations are complimentary. Monitoring your child’s growth and development is vital to ensure their oral health. It’s our job to be truthful and honest with you about how to proceed. Schedule a free consultation with us to learn more!

What Does My Child's First Visit Look Like?

You can read more about what your child’s first visit looks like by checking out this page.

By coming in for a consultation, your Lawrence or Topeka, KS orthodontist can identify any current or developing alignment concerns, and then inform you about possible treatment options.

Your orthodontist will help you make this decision based on his recommendations and your child’s preferences. Following, the doctor will be there for you and your child every step of the way until the treatment is complete and the smile is corrected.  

What Are Some Common Orthodontic Problems Kids Have?

Most people develop an orthodontic problem, also called a malocclusion or “bad bite,” in the course of their lifetime. Without treatment, these conditions can cause uneven tooth wear, increased vulnerability to dental decay, jaw problems, and a host of other issues. Most malocclusions can be grouped into a set of common orthodontic problems – all of which we can correct at our office through orthodontic treatments like braces and Invisalign.

Crowding

The most common reason for braces, crowding occurs when there isn’t enough room in the dental arch to accommodate the teeth. This causes the teeth to grow in crooked, making it difficult to properly clean the teeth and leaving them vulnerable to dental decay.

Underbite

Underbite occurs when the lower jaw sits in front of the upper jaw, usually due to a misaligned jaw. This can cause tooth wear and persistent jaw issues.

Overbite

The opposite of underbite, this occurs when the lower jaw sits too far behind the upper jaw. In extreme cases, it may cause the lower teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.

Crossbite

This occurs when the jaw is misaligned, causing the rear upper teeth to sit inside of the lower teeth. Untreated, this can create uneven tooth wear as well as facial asymmetry.

Spacing

Spacing is the opposite of crowding, occurring when there is too much room in the dental arch for the teeth. This leaves gaps between the teeth, and while these may be a purely cosmetic issue, spacing can sometimes cause functional problems as well.

Openbite

This condition occurs when the upper and lower front teeth don’t meet when the mouth is closed, leaving a gap or opening in the teeth. It’s usually caused by childhood habits like prolonged thumb sucking, although it may develop as a growth abnormality.