Kids’ orthodontics

Pediatric orthodontists in Fredericksburg and Stafford

One of the most important milestones in a child’s life is their first visit to the orthodontist. 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.

When it comes to your child’s dental health, scheduling an orthodontist appointment earlier rather than later ensures their smile is bright and beautiful throughout their life. Every child develops differently, however; the first adult molars typically emerge around age 6. Scheduling an initial evaluation for your child by age 7 allows Dr. Caspersen or Dr. Lowe, our orthodontists, to monitor your child’s bite and suggest early preventive treatment if necessary.

Kids' braces

Due to advances in orthodontic technology, many children today receive braces before their teenage years to help improve their smiles. A major benefit of receiving orthodontic treatment in childhood is that it’s possible to take full advantage of a child’s own natural growth process to treat or even prevent malocclusions (“bad bites”).

At Rappahannock Orthodontics, we offer complimentary orthodontic evaluations for all new patients and various treatment options to meet each patient’s needs. We will personalize your child or teen’s braces treatment to ensure they are comfortable. Our pediatric & adolescent orthodontist services include:

Traditional metal braces are ideal for many children and teens 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.

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 our orthodontists 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.

Why you should choose us for kids’ braces

When you choose Rappahannock Orthodontics for your child’s first orthodontist visit, you can be confident you will receive expert and attentive care. Our patient and friendly staff will help your child feel welcome and relaxed from the second they arrive. Our doctors have years of experience helping our youngest patients feel at ease, and we are looking forward to making your child’s smile shine.

At our two convenient Chatham and Amyclae offices in Fredericksburg and Stafford, we are your source for world-class orthodontic services at a local level. To learn more about our services or schedule an appointment, please call us at 540-371-2611 or schedule your complimentary consultation online today!