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.
Benefits of pediatric orthodontics
With years of training and experience, our doctors will understand and acknowledge any concerns your child may have and can help put them at ease.
Pediatric orthodontists receive specialized training in working with children’s jaws and teeth to provide safe, effective and comfortable solutions.
Awareness of childhood habits
Certain behaviors, such as thumb sucking, can lead to dental issues later in your child’s life. Our orthodontists aware of these habits and can create effective solutions to improve your child’s oral health.
Understanding of growth and changes
Your child’s jaw does not completely fuse together until after puberty, causing it to undergo changes during childhood and adolescence. Our doctors are familiar with the many growth stages your child may go through and can help them achieve a healthy smile at every point.
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!