Orthodontic Care & Services

Early Orthodontic Treatment for Children

What is the difference between early orthodontic treatment and regular orthodontic treatment, and why might my child need early treatment? How will early treatment benefit my child in the long run? 

These are just a few of the questions surrounding the topic of early orthodontic treatment for children. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist as early as age seven. At this point, Dr. Hildebrand will evaluate whether your son or daughter will need orthodontic treatment. Early treatment (also known as Phase One) typically begins around age eight or nine. Phase Two will begin around age 11 or older. The goal of early treatment is to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems, such as underbite. 

Early treatment also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, which lessens the necessity for extractions in the future.


  • Early or late loss of baby teeth (your little one should typically start losing teeth around age five, and will have all permanent teeth around age 13) 
  • Difficulty chewing and/or biting 
  • Mouth breathing 
  • Your youngster continues to suck his or her thumb after age five 
  • Speech impediments 
  • Protruding teeth (the top teeth and the bottom teeth extend away from each other) 
  • Teeth that don’t come together in a normal manner or even at all 
  • Shifting of the jaw when your son or daughter opens or closes the mouth (crossbites) 
  • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight


Orthodontic problems such as crowding of the teeth, too much space between the teeth, jaw growth problems, protruding teeth, and bad bites can be inherited or caused by injury to the mouth, early or late loss of baby teeth, or thumb-sucking habits. 

Most children lose all their baby teeth by age 13. By the end of their teen years, the jaw bones will harden and stop growing. Orthodontic procedures for adults often take more time and can involve tooth extraction or oral surgery. Receiving early orthodontic treatment as a child can help to avoid the need for orthodontics as an adult, and leave little to no chance of extraction or surgery in the future.

If your child is between the ages of seven and eight and shows signs of needing orthodontic care, or you have been directed by your family dentist to visit us, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment. Our team will provide your child with an initial exam, and discuss with you the best steps to take toward caring for your little one’s smile

ADOLESCENT Orthodontic Treatment for Children

For many teenagers, braces are part of the journey into adulthood. They represent a rite of passage and are a signature milestone in growing up. Is there a particular reason that orthodontics and adolescents are often paired together? Actually, yes. 

The adolescent years, usually between the ages of 11 and 13, are a great time to receive braces. Typically, the baby teeth have been replaced by permanent teeth, while the jaw is still growing and is highly responsive to treatment. Orthodontic issues only become harder to treat with age, which is why orthodontists recommend correcting problems while your child is still growing. Orthodontics can improve the appearance and function of the teeth, jaws, and overall facial structure. During the adolescent years, many of your child’s classmates and friends will also be wearing braces, creating a social element that everyone can experience together.


Traditional metal braces are the most common type, and are more comfortable today than ever. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.


At Lake Cities Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we believe in offering only the newest, smallest braces that are more comfortable and give faster treatment results at the same cost as any other braces. Our mini metal braces are the most amazing thing since sliced bread! 

Old-fashioned traditional braces, which most orthodontists use, take much longer to treat cases. At Lake Cities Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we use only the latest technology in braces by offering mini braces to all his patients at no additional cost. Our mini braces are 50% smaller than traditional braces, which help speed up treatment times by six months! 

Mini braces are more comfortable than traditional braces. Made of high-grade stainless steel, mini metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. Mini braces do not go around the tooth, so you can avoid cavities and other dental problems associated with that type of braces.You also have the choice of choosing colored elastics for a more personalized look, or stick with the clear or silver ties that blend well with the mini fast braces and look amazing.


At Lake Cities Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we also offer mini clear braces! They are provided at the same cost as metal mini braces and have the same treatment time frame. Mini fast clear braces work just like our metal mini braces — with the benefit of being less noticeable and blending into the tooth color. Patients love that people do not recognize they have braces! 

The great thing about clear braces is the teeth are moved into the correct position at each visit. This gives him greater flexibility in adjusting your treatment to achieve your ideal result in the prescribed treatment time. Most treatment with clear mini braces can be completed in just 18 months!

CLEAR ALIGNERS (Spark Aligners®, INVISALIGN®, Clear Correct®, etc.)

Clear aligners are perfect for patients who want the least noticeable product and don’t mind taking the aligners in and out during the day. Clear aligners work great for moving teeth: the movements are predesigned on the computer to be safe and effective. Ideally, this treatment is for patients who need minor movements to achieve a perfect smile.Since patients who choose clear aligner treatment often need less tooth movement, treatment times are short: nine to 18 months on average, with only a few in-office appointments to keep adults and children from missing school and work.


We offer all our patients the wonderful clear retainers that hold their teeth straight and help protect from grinding at night. Bonded retainers are offered at the end of treatment because we know all the hard work and effort patients put into getting their teeth straight, and we want to keep them straight with the best possible retainer on the market.

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