Braces For Kids

& Orthodontics 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.

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, we encourage you to request a complimentary consultation with us!

  • Persistent mouth-breathing
  • Thumbsucking or tongue-thrusting habits
  • Early, late or irregular loss of baby teeth
  • Crooked, crowded or gapped teeth
  • Jaw pain or facial pain
  • Jaw shifting, popping or clicking
  • Difficulty or pain when chewing or biting
  • Inability to chew food properly
  • Digestive issues caused by improper chewing
  • Lack of self esteem or confidence when smiling

An early assessment of your child’s growth gives you the peace of mind that your child is thriving!

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    When is the best age to get braces or Invisalign?

    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.

    Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment

    Early orthodontic treatment is best separated into two phases, designed to work alongside the natural development of the teeth and jaw bones.

    What is Phase 1 treatment?

    Phase 1 orthodontic treatment is typically completed between the ages of 7 and 10 and is aimed to prepare the mouth for permanent teeth to emerge in a healthy alignment with a sufficient amount of space.

    During this phase, your child may be treated with a palatal expander appliance to widen the upper jaw and create enough room for permanent teeth to grow.

    What is Phase 2 treatment?

    This phase generally begins in the early teen years, when all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Phase 2 treatment focuses on aligning the teeth and jaws to create a harmonious facial appearance. During this phase, a full treatment of braces or Invisalign is often completed.

    Every child develops at a different rate, and your child’s treatment plan will be 100% personalized to his or her needs. At your first visit, we’ll help you make the right choice for your little one!

    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 flexible 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