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A variety of tooth and jaw issues can be resolved through orthodontics. Our doctors may point out that your child’s baby teeth appear crowded or the relationship between the upper and lower teeth isn’t ideal. While treatment doesn’t usually start this young, it may help you prepare for the possibility of future corrective care. As permanent teeth start to appear, usually around age 6, our doctors will monitor the situation and help you decide if early orthodontic treatment is right for your child.

Although many orthodontic wearers are teenagers, braces play a role in some children’s earlier years. Since permanent teeth are typically larger than baby teeth, a device called a palatal expander may be used to create more room. This allows adult teeth to move into place correctly, helping avoid more extensive treatment later on.

A narrow jaw or a large overbite may create a similar dilemma. Gently guiding your child’s jaw growth while they are still growing can make a tremendous difference down the road. Once growth stops during the teen years, sometimes the only corrective measure involves surgery which is always a scenario to avoid when possible.


Many youngsters benefit from orthodontics after their baby teeth have fallen out and the permanent teeth have grown in. The length of treatment time can vary, but often falls around two years.

Orthodontic treatment can solve almost every bite issue, but success relies on good patient compliance. Wearing elastic bands consistently, keeping follow-up appointments, and practicing outstanding home care can all lead to a beautiful smile. This commitment involves frequent preventive visits with our hygienist as well.

This helps avoid permanent staining from weakened enamel and cavities around brackets. North Texas Family and Cosmetic Dentistry specializes in helping our orthodontic patients enjoy a successful outcome: a gorgeous, healthy smile.

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It is advisable to have the first orthodontic screening around the age of 7. Orthodontics is fundamentally about adjusting jaw growth; distinguishing skeletal explanations for chipped, slanted teeth early to guarantee a beautiful, perfect smile later on.
What can you expect? To begin with, your orthodontist will examine your mouth to assess your teeth and gums. You may need to have X-rays and/or photographs taken. The orthodontist will then want to discuss the possibilities for treatment with you and agree how to proceed.
During an ortho screening, our experienced dentists will check for any signs or symptoms that may indicate the need for orthodontic treatment. Some common issues that may be detected during an ortho screening include: – Crooked or misaligned teeth. – Overbite or underbite. – Crowded teeth.
The overall steps involved include the patient interview/consultation, clinical examination and use of diagnostic records. Only after these steps have been performed and analyzed can a treatment plan be developed for the individual patient.


A healthy smile is a beautiful smile.