Braces For Kids

Wiewiora & Dunn Orthodontics is an expert children’s orthodontist near you

Early orthodontic treatment (orthodontic treatment for children) is different from treating teens or adults, because children are still developing. However, braces for kids can correct and/or prevent dental and jaw problems from developing or becoming worse later on in life as a teen or an adult. Braces are just one part of a comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan for children. Our highly experienced children’s orthodontists, Dr. Wiewiora and Dr. Dunn, have the skill, knowledge and compassion necessary to develop a personalized treatment plan that helps your child achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

Does my child need braces?

Your child may need braces if you or your child begin to notice crooked, overlapping or overcrowded teeth. These problems can often occur as a result of a malocclusion, which is a difference in size between the upper and lower jaws. An overbite occurs when a child’s upper jaw is larger than the lower jaw, and an underbite occurs when a child’s lower jaw is larger than the upper jaw.

A poorly developing jaw in a child may cause breathing difficulties, as well. Signs that a child may need braces for airway function include mouth breathing, snoring at night, poor sleep, dark under-eye circles, bedwetting and difficulty paying attention during the day. Some orthodontic problems in children – like crooked teeth – can also be caused by accidents or bad habits, such as thumb sucking.

A child’s dentist frequently will be the first to notice any problems and make recommendations to see an orthodontist like Dr. Wiewiora or Dr. Dunn. If you are concerned that your child may be exhibiting some or any of these signs, and you think you may need Longwood or Lake Mary braces, we encourage you to request your complimentary consultation with us.

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    How old do you have to be to get braces?

    Every child develops differently, so there is no set specific age that a child can begin orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive their first orthodontic exam by age 7.

    Braces may not be the first plan of action to help correct oral issues in a child. In some cases, dental appliances other than braces can be used for correction before braces, while a child still has most of their baby teeth. Then, the next phase would include braces, often for a shorter period of time than using braces alone.

    Children can get the different types of braces we offer, including metal, ceramic (clear) and platinum gold braces. While all material types are equally effective, you may prefer clear braces for your child. Platinum gold braces may be an option for children with nickel or other metal allergies.

    Each case is unique and requires specialized care when creating a plan for children’s braces, which is why it is important to consult our experienced orthodontists for a complimentary exam.

    What is the average cost of braces for children?

    The average cost of braces and orthodontic care can vary greatly, depending on your child’s individual needs. At Wiewiora & Dunn Orthodontics, our expert treatment can be customized to your family’s budget. We offer a variety of payment options, including an interest-free, no money down in-house financing plan. We additionally accept CareCredit, LendingClub, Visa, American Express, MasterCard, and Discover – as well as checks and cash.

    A family orthodontic insurance plan can cover part of the cost of braces for children. We accept many HMO and PPO dental insurance plans at Wiewiora & Dunn. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your child