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Does my child need braces?

Early Evaluation

Generally speaking, kids should see an orthodontist once their permanent teeth start coming in, around age 7. At this age, issues such as uneven bite and overcrowding will become apparent. We will be able to assess the possibilities. Starting the process early doesn't necessarily mean a child will get braces right away. In fact, an early evaluation isn’t always followed by treatments.

Why is early evaluation so important?

  • We monitor your child’s growth and development
  • It can help prevent future problems

Preventative (Early) Treatment

Some conditions are easy to treat when caught early:

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Palatal Expander
  • Crossbite
  • Severe crowding
  • Protruded teeth: early treatment prevents chipping and fracture of teeth, and self image issues
  • Severe underbite
  • Correcting bad habits: thumb sucking, mouth breather, tongue thrust

what happens during the initial screening?
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We offer a flexible schedule for your kid’s treatment. We are open after school and on Saturdays!

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What happens during the Initial Screening?

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During the screening exam, we look for:

  • Crowding
  • Misplaced or blocked out teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that don’t fit together
  • Habits such as thumb sucking or mouth breathing

We can develop a plan to help guide teeth and jaw bones as they grow. In some cases, just a few braces and a palatal expander, worn for around 6-12 months, can prevent or reduce more serious problems from developing later.

Most importantly, a small change can make a big impact on a kid’s self-confidence.

Not every child needs early interceptive treatment. In that case, we will schedule observation checkups (at no cost) so that we can keep an eye on your child’s growth and development. That way, any necessary treatment can begin at just the right time.

What treatment options/types of braces are available?

At Grinbaum Orthodontics, we offer the highest quality care for our kids. We have clear and ceramic braces – which are far less noticeable – and a rainbow of rubber band colors. But we also offer the more affordable traditional metal braces. In many cases, we can offer Invisalign Teen as well.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How long is orthodontic treatment for kids?

Everyone has to wear braces for different lengths of time, but most people usually wear braces for about 1-2 years.

How do braces work?

Braces straighten teeth by putting steady pressure on your teeth and by staying in place for a certain amount of time. Most kids just need regular braces with wires and rubber bands that keep pressure on the teeth. The wires on the braces help to move the teeth, and the rubber bands help to correct the alignment.

After braces are removed, a retainer is usually necessary to keep the teeth in their new position.

How much do braces cost?

It depends on what type treatment is needed. We do accept insurances. Please come in for your complimentary consultation to have your child evaluated.

What can my kid eat with braces?

We wrote a great article to help with this mystery.

What can I eat with braces?