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Your Child’s Dental Health Timeline

Every parent wants their child to be strong and healthy. Here’s what you need to know to make your child’s teeth healthy at every stage of their development.


Why Does My Child Keep Getting Cavities?

All children can be at risk for tooth decay and many factors can contribute to the incidence of tooth decay. According to the CDC, tooth decay (aka Dental Caries) remains one of the most common chi


Frequently asked questions

How do I care for teeth in braces?

Proper dental care and hygiene is extra important while you have braces because it is harder to keep the mouth clean. We recommend frequent rinsing with water to remove food particles, brushing after every meal and daily flossing. Brush along the gum line of each tooth and then above, below and on top of each bracket. Our orthodontist will demonstrate the best techniques for brushing and flossing and will point out any spots that are being missed at each visit. 

What financing options are available for my child’s braces?

We have competitive pricing with affordable payment options that work with most family budgets.  Our payment plans start as low as 0% down, $125 per month with easy to qualify-for options.    

What should I expect at an orthodontic evaluation?

At your child’s first visit to the orthodontist, the doctor will examine your child’s mouth for indications of problems with spacing and alignment that could have negative consequences if not addressed with orthodontic treatment. The orthodontist will be looking for problems with your child’s bite, or the relationship between their upper and lower jaws, and how the teeth are spaced along the jaws. They will take X-rays and discuss findings, treatment plans and payment options if applicable. 

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How often will my child need to visit the orthodontist?

Regular visits to the orthodontist are a part of every treatment plan.  Patients will have appointments approximately once every four to six, sometimes 8 weeks.  Appointment times vary, determined by the recommended procedure from the Orthodontist.  

How long would my child need to be in braces?

The length of treatment will depend on the severity of the individual case, but the average length of time is between 9-15 months for Phase I and 18-30 months for full or Phase II treatment.  Some children have two rounds of braces, the first phase in elementary school and the second in middle or high school. The goal of the two phased treatment is to correct skeletal problems that contribute to malocclusions. 

Do braces hurt?

Yes, they can, but not for long. Braces, wires, and the elastics around brackets are adjusted regularly throughout the course of treatment.  Normally soon after an adjustment, there can be some discomfort. This condition typically lasts for just a few days. We supply dental wax to cover up any protruding hardware that is causing discomfort. If you or your child is experiencing discomfort lasting more than a few days, you should contact your orthodontist to discuss.

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