It is recommended that children have an orthodontic assessment by the age of seven years. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected early rather than waiting until jaw growth has slowed. Early treatment may mean a patient will avoid surgery or other more serious corrections later in life. Even though your child's physical development may not be advanced enough for braces, it is important that we determine the course of treatment early. Our no-obligation consultation is free, and if your child isn't ready for braces yet, we'll tell you when it's time to bring them back.
What is the next step?
Our growth monitoring program
+ Crooked growth
+ Abnormal protrusion
+ Overbite or underbite
+ Protruding chin
+ Facial asymmetry
If you notice your child's adult teeth are growing in crooked or in the wrong place, the earlier you visit us the better. We will perform a full assessment, inform you about what lies ahead, and make decisions about when they should begin treatment.
All it takes is a free, no-obligation consultation at one of our clinics. After discussing goals and completing x-rays and other images, one of our doctors examines your child's teeth, bite, jaw and facial structure to determine the best course of treatment. If we decide to start treatment, your treatment coordinator discusses the required investment which includes all appointments. Payment plans start at $45 per week* or less with orthodontic insurance coverage. Otherwise, we will tell you the age at which your child should return to us to get started, and put it on our calendar for future follow-up.
What are the options?
At Hatheway Orthodontics, we have two ways to straighten teeth, either using brackets and wires or aligners. The method we choose together depends on your child's case and capability to conform to their different needs for hygiene and care. With traditional braces, brackets are cemented to each tooth. Then, a wire is placed between the brackets so they can be tightened up or down, left or right, depending on the way your teen's teeth need to move. Sometimes, springs, rubber bands, and other implements are used to exert more force when needed. For invisible aligners, our provider Invisalign manufactures a series of custom-made, removable appliances. By wearing the aligners 20 to 22 hours per day, their teeth will gradually move, and each aligner is worn for approximately two weeks. For specific information about each, please visit our teen page.
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