Helping Little Smiles Using Interceptive Orthodontics

To help correct smiles and ensure optimal oral health in adulthood, we often urge parents in Fort Worth, TX, to let us begin treatment in the early years. Childhood orthodontics help guide the growth of their smiles and reduce the severity of poor alignment. Find out what treatments we offer for little smiles, and the benefits they can provide for your kids in later years!

Children and Misalignment

Due to issues with the loss of baby teeth and the eruption of permanent teeth, your child’s teeth could arrive crooked or crowded. The size of the jaw and oral structures could also impact the severity of poor alignment, as could thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and injury. Since the mouth is still growing and developing, treatment administered now helps guide the growth of the jaw and oral structures, and correct the alignment of the teeth in the process. Even for severe cases that will require braces or aligners in the teen years, these interceptive treatments help reduce the amount of time treatment will be needed later. Correcting misalignment could improve oral health and reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, factors that occur as cleaning uneven teeth is often difficult for kids and even adults. Children also avoid airway obstructions as well. These orthodontics could take the form of retainers, teeth spacers, or special aligners.

Helping Them in Their Teen Years

In the teen years the smile is reaching the final stages of development and growth, so now is the time to complete the process of correcting misalignment. To help facilitate this and minimize the impact on your child’s appearance, we may use tooth-colored brackets for those in need if braces, or clear aligners using the Invisalign® system for others. These options are nearly invisible and help complete the process of correcting your smile and addressing poor alignment and bite balance.

Long-Term Benefits

In adulthood, poor alignment is linked to not only tooth decay and gum disease, but TMJ disorder, bruxism (teeth grinding) and serious discomfort as a result of uneven bite balance. Misalignment also causes problems for the smile’s appearance as well! To avoid these issues and help you enjoy a stable and healthy smile, one that looks beautiful and instills confidence, we suggest starting treatment now! A new year is about to begin, so let’s mark that occasion with a journey toward a more even and attractive smile.


We can help children of all ages enjoy a more even and healthy smile. To schedule your consultation and learn more about our childhood treatment options, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Haslet, Azle, and all surrounding communities.