With a certified specialist in orthodontics Dr. Justin Owens on the team, we offer a full range of orthodontic services for kids and teens. That means we can take care of all of your child’s smile needs in one convenient place. In true Kids Mile High fashion, we’ll make the experience educational and fun, so that it’s just as awesome as your child’s results.
When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?
It’s recommended that kiddos first visit an orthodontist for an evaluation by the age of seven. That’s because at this time, most kids have their first permanent molars and incisors and we can get a good idea of how their bite is developing. Just because they come in for a check-up doesn’t mean they’ll walk out in braces. Dr. Owens will simply assess their smile and keep an eye on their growth and development. In most cases, it will be an observational period and he’ll let you know when the time is right for them to start treatment. However, if certain red flags are spotted, stepping in early will prevent the need for more extensive treatment, extractions or surgery later. As an expert in dentofacial orthopedics, Dr. Owens can use appliances to guide facial and jaw growth to keep your child’s smile on track.
Traditional Metal Braces
These are the most common type of braces and rely on brackets and wires to shift the teeth into place. Today’s metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel and are a whole lot more comfortable and attractive than they used to be. We can add colorful elastics to show off your child’s personality!
For teens who want the straightening power of braces but in a way that’s less noticeable, ceramic braces, also called clear braces, may be the best choice. While they too use brackets and wires to straighten the teeth, the ceramic material blends in with your smile, so the braces are less visible.
Want to straighten your teeth without braces? Invisalign is a convenient, virtually invisible alternative. The treatment involves a series of custom-made, removable, clear, BPA-free plastic aligners. Dr. Owens is an Invisalign expert and with his precise treatment plan, your child or teen will get exceptional results without brackets or wires.
As you make your way through the series of aligners, your teeth will shift into place bit by bit. No one will even notice you’re in orthodontic treatment and the smooth material is supremely comfortable. Since the aligners are removable, you can brush and floss as normal and there are no food restrictions.
Invisalign Teen is designed to address kids’ and teen’s unique needs. The aligners include features like compliance indicators and eruption tabs to accommodate erupting molars. Mom and dad will love the fact that there are a few free replacement aligners included in the system.
When there isn’t enough room in the jaw for all of the teeth, the teeth overlap and become crooked. This is known as crowding.
An overbite, also called overjet, is when the top teeth sit significantly further forward than the bottom teeth when the jaws are closed.
When the teeth are closed together, if the lower teeth sit in front of the upper teeth, it’s called an underbite.
When one or more of the top teeth are positioned behind the bottom teeth, a patient is said to have a crossbite. It can be a front crossbite or a back crossbite.
An open bite is when the top and bottom front teeth don’t meet when the jaws are closed and the back teeth are touching.
Spacing is the opposite of crowding. It occurs when there is too much room in the jaw and there are gaps or spaces between the teeth.