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Orthodontics for Kids

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. 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.

Phase I Treatment

We think of braces as a teen thing, but that’s just not true. When your young one 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, we’ll 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!

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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!

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

"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. Melissa was amazing at handling all aspects of my care process and she actually asked how my husband was doing as I had shared with her some medical issues he was having and she remembered thirty days later. That is a sign of a caring staff member. Serena Installed the Invisalign today and was very precise in explaining everything and was funny and sweet. If you have put off getting braces don’t. This place is very good at what they do! The picture is just my first set so this is not the final result!"

- Tom C.

"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.

"It IS possible to go to the dentist and have a great time! Dr. Paul has set up an environment that is open, relaxing and FUN! And my teeth look great!!!"

- Jody C.

"Update: it’s been five months, my teeth ARE STRAIGHT! And the care is amazing.
NEW PATIENT: I was amazed at how fast they were. I didn't have time to complete my paperwork before they took me back. Very thorough, courteous, and took their time answering a ton of questions. Highly recommend.

- Rebecca R.

"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 daughter needed braces and they were so accommodating to get her in quickly for spring break. Super thankful for an orthodontist that is local and their staff is always so nice. They make it a priority to know their and 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.

"I have just completed my three-year treatment course with Dr. Blackman and the Great Smiles staff. 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! My jaw pain and over-bite are gone. My teeth are perfectly aligned. I never thought this could be accomplished - especially given that my problems had existed for over 60 years!"

- Dr. Laura F.