Crafting Confident Smiles with Kids' Braces

At Pitner Orthodontics, we specialize in transforming young smiles through expert orthodontic care. Recognizing the importance of a healthy, straight smile for children, we are committed to providing exceptional orthodontic services tailored to the unique needs of our younger patients.

When to Visit an Orthodontist

Many parents wonder about the best time to bring their child to an orthodontist. At Pitner Orthodontics, we align with the American Association of Orthodontists' recommendation that children have their first orthodontic visit by age 7. Why age 7? By this age, children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier to diagnose and address orthodontic issues early.

Early Diagnosis Benefits

Our Early Orthodontic Evaluation

At Pitner Orthodontics, our early evaluation is designed to give parents peace of mind and set children on the path to optimal oral health. During this initial visit, which we offer at no cost, our team conducts a thorough assessment to understand your child’s unique orthodontic needs.

What to Expect During the Evaluation

Following the Evaluation

No Immediate Treatment Needed

If we determine that your child doesn’t need treatment right away, we won’t recommend unnecessary procedures. Instead, we’ll propose a monitoring plan, scheduling brief, regular check-ups to watch how your child’s teeth and jaws develop. This monitoring allows us to intervene at the ideal time to ensure effective and efficient treatment.

Recommendations for Treatment

If early treatment is advisable, we’ll explain why it’s necessary and what it involves. Our goal is to make sure you understand all aspects of the proposed treatment so you can make informed decisions about your child’s dental care.

Types of Braces and Appliances for Kids

At Pitner Orthodontics, we understand that each child's orthodontic needs are unique. We offer a variety of braces and appliances designed to address specific orthodontic challenges effectively and comfortably. Here’s a closer look at the options available for our young patients:

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces for children. They consist of high-grade stainless steel brackets attached to each tooth, linked by a thin archwire that guides the teeth into place. Regular adjustments are made to this wire to continue the tooth-moving process.

Metal braces are highly effective at correcting a wide range of orthodontic issues and are often the most economical option available. They are durable and reliable, making them a superb choice for active children.

Ceramic braces function similarly to traditional metal braces but are made from ceramic materials that blend with the natural color of the teeth, making them less noticeable. These braces offer a more aesthetic alternative to metal braces while providing the same level of effectiveness. They are particularly popular among older children and teenagers who are conscious of the appearance of braces.
Lingual braces are custom-made to fit the inside surfaces of the teeth, making them invisible from the outside. They are ideal for children and teens who are concerned about the visible aspect of braces but need the functionality of traditional orthodontic treatment. Lingual braces are suitable for treating most orthodontic problems without altering a child’s appearance.
Self-ligating braces use a specialized clip in place of elastics to hold the archwire. This clip helps reduce the amount of pressure exerted on the tooth and requires fewer adjustments. These braces provide shorter treatment times and require fewer visits to the orthodontist. They are easier to clean and generally more comfortable than traditional braces.
Depending on the specific needs of your child, we might also recommend other orthodontic appliances, such as expanders, retainers, or space maintainers. These are used to address issues like narrow arches or to maintain space for permanent teeth to come in.

Choosing the Right Option

Our orthodontic team at Pitner Orthodontics is committed to guiding you and your child through the selection process for the most suitable braces or appliances. During your consultation, we will discuss each option’s benefits in detail, considering your child’s orthodontic needs, lifestyle, and preferences. This collaborative approach ensures that your child receives personalized treatment aligned with their specific needs and your family’s expectations.

Why Choose Pitner Orthodontics for Your Child’s Braces?

Choosing the right orthodontist for your child is crucial, and at Pitner Orthodontics, we make that choice easy. Here’s why many families trust us with their orthodontic needs:

  • Experienced Orthodontists: Our orthodontists are board-certified professionals who specialize in diagnosing and treating dental and facial irregularities in children. Their extensive training and continuous education in the latest orthodontic techniques ensure your child receives the best care possible.
  • Child-Friendly Environment: We understand that a dental office can be intimidating for children. That’s why our clinic is designed to be a welcoming, comfortable space that puts young patients at ease. From our waiting room to our treatment areas, every corner of our practice is created with the comfort and happiness of your child in mind.
  • Commitment to Preventative Care: We believe that preventive care is fundamental to long-term dental health. Our free initial evaluations are thorough, aiming to identify potential orthodontic issues before they develop into more significant problems. This proactive approach not only saves time and resources but also spares your child from more complex treatments later on.

Set the Foundation for a Radiant Smile Today

A bright, healthy smile is just a click away! At Pitner Orthodontics, we’re excited to partner with you to nurture your child’s dental health and confidence. Don’t wait to give your child the gift of a beautiful smile. Book your free initial consultation today and discover why families trust us to care for their little ones’ orthodontic needs.
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