If your child is self-conscious about smiling, having braces can greatly improve the way he or she looks and feels. Don't be shy to bring this topic of discussion up with Dr. Skelton and Dr. Kennedy.
When treatment is complete, your child will have an amazing, healthy smile, as well as the confidence to show it off! We understandthat not every child is born with the perfect smile and orthodontics, or braces, may be needed to properly align the child's teeth. Dr. Skelton and Dr. Kennedy have received special training in correctiing some orthodontic issues themselves as well as when to properly refer a child to one our many great orthodontists in the area to receive more comprehensive orthodontic care.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to the proper position.
Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. Orthodontic patients can now choose brackets that are clear or metallic, and in some cases, customize the color of the appliance. Wires are far less noticeable, and the latest materials are designed to move teeth faster with more comfort.
Duration of Treatment
Depending on several factors, including age, treatment method, and how minor or severe your child’s case is, treatment time varies and can last between one and three years. Receiving interceptive, or early treatment, can also help provide a quicker treatment time later on in life. Another big factor to a successful treatment is your child’s cooperation. The more involved and diligent your child is, the quicker and more efficient treatment will be.
Dr. Skelton and Dr. Kennedy can provide some insight on these topics and know the ideal time to refer to our team of wonderful orthodontists in the area depending on your child's specific needs.