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Orthodontics for children

Aug 8, 2022

Orthodontics for children

Early treatment for better results

Why Choose an Orthodontist?

When it’s time to get your child’s first ortho check-up at 7 years old, make sure you choose an orthodontist for children. Why? We’re specialists with the years of extra training and education necessary to make sure your smile ends up looking and feeling its best.

What is orthodontics

In simpler terms, orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on straightening teeth and aligning your bite.
Here are some of the conditions orthodontics can address:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites

There are many different orthodontic treatments available in 2 phases, including traditional braces, clear aligners, and retainers. The best treatment for you will depend on your individual needs.


What is an orthodontist

Orthodontics is a dentistry branch that corrects misaligned teeth and bites. An orthodontist for children is a dentist with extra training to handle these issues. They create personalized treatment plans to achieve the best smile for each child, considering both the teeth and facial features.

Orthodontists can treat people of all ages, including those with special needs, and work alongside other dental specialists to provide comprehensive care.

orthodontics for children
orthodontists for children

Phase I Treatment

We think of braces as a teen thing, but that’s just not true. When your child starts developing their smile, Phase I treatment can make sure that you’re taking all the steps for great tooth and jaw growth. Early treatment can create room for crowded teeth, reduce tooth removal, adjust jaw growth, and more.

Between the ages of 7 and 10, our orthodontists for children will closely monitor your child’s smile to catch signs of early issues and prevent bigger problems later. Sometimes, treatment isn’t necessary – but we still want to keep an eye on your child’s smile just in case!


Phase II Treatment

After Phase I, we check in on how your child is doing and let their permanent teeth come in. If any orthodontic issues pop up, we treat them with comprehensive orthodontic care. If your kid has completed Phase I with us, we’ll have tons of great documentation about their dental history to create the perfect treatment plan. The result? An incredible smile!


What age should a child go to orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children see an orthodontist around age 7. This early check-up allows orthodontists to spot and potentially prevent future problems with jaw growth and teeth alignment.

When should I start orthodontic treatment for my child?

At Great Smiles, we recommend scheduling an orthodontic consultation for your child around age 7. This early visit allows our experts to assess their jaw growth and emerging teeth. While treatment may not begin right away, it’s a great opportunity to identify any potential issues and create a personalized plan for a healthy, confident smile down the road.

Treating Small Smiles

Being proud of your smile means having the confidence to share it with the world! We want your child to be inspired to be their best and do great things – and that starts with building their dream smile with treatment that’s as quick and simple as it can be. We focus on care that’s comfortable, compassionate, and kind at its core, in a space that inspires great vibes and wall-to-wall smiles.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are one of the most common solutions for transforming smiles – and now, they’re more comfortable and customizable than ever before!

Clear Braces

Did you know that braces can be low-profile and stylish? It’s true! With clear braces, tooth-colored elastics and wires can help your kid feel more comfortable and confident in their smile during their entire treatment!


Orthodontics for kids involves more than just braces. Additional orthodontic appliances, like retainers or spacers, can help keep everything in order while your little one grows into their smile.

Affording the Best Care

Finances should never stand in the way of getting your child or teen the best dental care in town. We want to make sure that you’re relaxed, not worried, when you visit us. Work with our team to find the best way to fit great dental care into your budget, with awesome payment options, maximized insurance benefits, and affordable solutions at every step.

Patient Reviews

"Great Smiles has been so easy to work with. Anyone who has a child or teen needing some help getting their teeth in order Great Smiles is a great place. They have really helped guide us in this adventure!" 

- Triple J Farm NC

"My kids love going to Great Smiles!  The whole staff is so friendly, loving, and patient with children. They fit us in when my daughter had an emergency cavity that our family dentist couldn’t address, and we had such a great experience that we moved our kids over to their practice for all of their dental care. Highly recommend!” 

- Sally

I’m an adult patient and have never had braces before! Great Smiles is excellent! High end technology, great kind staff and super super efficient. If you have put off getting braces…don’t. This place is very good at what they do! " 

- Tom C.

"Every aspect of my journey with them was exceptional! Truly. I was impressed with the practice at my first visit - their professionalism, knowledge, kindness…. But I leave their care even more amazed that they consistently delivered the highest level of service I have ever experienced in any medical practice. As a doctor, myself, that means a lot. Every visit I left their office feeling nurtured and grateful I had chosen Great Smiles to handle my orthodontic needs. The results of my treatment also far exceeded my expectations!” 

- Dr. Laura F.

"I started to have several issues with my teeth in my 50s and did not want traditional braces but with Invisalign I could get the results looking for without the hassle of braces. My experience at Great Smiles has been seamless, extremely helpful staff and Orthodontist exceeded my expectations and I am not even at the end of my journey. I would highly recommend this practice!" 

- Donna H. 

“The staff were cheerful and professional during every interaction. My daughter not only felt comfortable going, but EXCITED to go. We have made the decision to start coming here permanently. They genuinely care about the kiddos they see and you can tell. 

- Crystal

“Great Smiles is an amazing pediatric dentist practice. My three kids have grown up under the care of their doctors. It is so helpful to have multiple kids' appointments at one visit. We've enjoyed the consistency of having the same staff involved in their care over the years (cleanings, etc.). They are so caring. I highly recommend this practice.”

- Lisa

"It’s been five months, my teeth ARE STRAIGHT! And the care is amazing. Very thorough, courteous, and took their time answering a ton of questions. Highly recommend." 

- Rebecca R.

"My daughter needed braces and they were so accommodating. Super thankful for an orthodontist that is local and their staff is always so nice. They make it a priority to take their time to listen to any concerns. Just a wonderful experience all around. Definitely recommend to anyone who is looking to take their child for braces!" 

- Crystal J.

“Everyone at Great Smiles is great. They are always accommodating. The doctors are awesome and provides great detail when speaking with you. They were able to relieve my daughter’s anxiety as she had a chip in her tooth. She had the biggest smile when she walked out to see me. Thank you for the care you take with your patients.”

- Carol

“The best place to bring your kids!!! My 6 year old had a meltdown because only big sis had an appointment one day. So the hygienist brought my 6-year-old tableside so she could watch her sister's teeth getting cleaned. Everyone is sooo patient and kind. They really do care about your child's overall experience at the dentist. My kids have grown up in this practice and have absolutely no fear of the dentist or anything that happens at the dental office. Their manner is amazing. All the hygienists are super sweet, gentle and kind.

- Amy