Kids’ Braces in Fredericksburg and Stafford
Due to advances in orthodontic technology, many children today receive braces before their teenage years to help improve their smiles. At Rappahannock Orthodontics, we offer orthodontic evaluations for children and two braces options to ensure they have healthy, beautiful smiles.
Why Do Kids Get Braces?
Many people assume that braces are only to correct misaligned teeth. While braces can straighten smiles, they also improve your child’s overall oral health. While there is no exact age for children to receive braces, we recommend they visit our office by age 7. Typically, your kid’s adult molars have emerged by this age, allowing our orthodontist, Dr. Caspersen, to view your child’s bite and offer treatment if necessary.
Does My Child Need Braces?
As your child loses their baby teeth, any adult teeth that emerge may not grow straight in their assigned locations. It’s essential to keep in mind that your child’s smile is constantly changing. If you notice that their teeth remain crooked instead of falling into the proper alignment, it may be wise to schedule an appointment with Dr. Caspersen to ensure your child’s smile is healthy. Some additional signs that your child may need braces include:
- Chewing or biting with difficulty.
- Grinding their teeth.
- Breathing through their mouth.
- Sucking their thumb excessively past the age of 4.
- Having overcrowded teeth.
- Exhibiting a shifting or clicking jaw.
- Losing baby teeth too early or too late.
- Having bite issues such as an overbite, crossbite or underbite.
Our Braces for Kids’ Teeth
Rappahannock Orthodontics has two braces options for our younger patients to help improve their oral health. Dr. Caspersen will personalize your child’s braces treatment to ensure they are comfortable. Our two kids’ braces options include:
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are ideal for many children due to their reduced treatment time and enhanced durability. Whether your child has a minor or severe case of misalignment, traditional braces are an effective treatment option. Metal braces are also durable, allowing your child to participate in sports or rigorous exercise without breaking or damaging their device.
If you’re looking for a discreet braces option for your child, you may wish to consider ceramic braces. Each bracket, elastic and archwire in a ceramic brace system is tooth-colored to allow your child’s braces to blend in with their teeth.
Why You Should Choose Rappahannock Orthodontics for Kids’ Braces
When you choose Rappahannock Orthodontics for your child’s first orthodontist visit, you can be confident we will help them feel relaxed and excited to start their orthodontic journey. Dr. Caspersen has years of experience helping our youngest patients feel at ease, and he is looking forward to making your child’s smile shine.
Schedule an Appointment for Kids’ Braces Today
Give your child the gift of a long-lasting, healthy smile by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Caspersen at our offices in Fredericksburg or Stafford, Virginia. To learn more about our services, call us at 540-371-2611 or fill out our contact form today!
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408 Chatham Square Office Park
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
35 Walpole St #203
Stafford, VA 22554
Monday - Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Closed for lunch daily
from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hours alternate every other week with our other office. This schedule is subject to change. Please call with any questions.