How Do Kids Start Orthodontic Treatment?

fort worth kids retainersIf your child has misalignment, then treatment could be provided to correct this and guide the growth of the smile. To accomplish this, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist offers a phased approach with interceptive orthodontics, including retainers and teeth spacers. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at how we correct misalignment in little smiles.

The Causes of Misalignment and Complications in the Future

Dental misalignment in childhood could develop due to problems with the growth and development of your child’s jaw and oral structures. Thumb sucking could also be a cause, as could the premature loss of baby teeth to injury or cavities, as this upsets how the permanent teeth erupt. The factors vary, but treatment early on could limit how long your child needs to wear braces in the future, and could also help improve the beauty of both the smile and overall facial structure. Without treatment, misalignment is linked to tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and even bruxism.

The Phased Approach

The phased approach means we offer different stages of treatment at different ages as your child grows. For example, in the early years we will examine the teeth with advanced digital imaging to assess the cause and severity of misalignment. Next, we may recommend retainers or possibly teeth spaces to help guide the growth of the smile and improve overall oral health. These will be custom-fitted for your child’s smile, so they fit comfortably and offer improvement with precision and accuracy.

Treatments for Teenagers

The phased approach will use interceptive orthodontics to reduce the severity of misalignment throughout childhood. But once your child reaches the teen years, we can finally administer the final stages of treatment. These could be in the form of braces or Invisalign®. With braces, we will employ tooth-colored brackets to make them less visible. The Invisalign® is also nearly invisible too, shifting the teeth with a series of clear plastic aligners. The final stage of treatment could take between a year and 18 months for clear aligners, or up to two years with braces. But at the end, your kids will have better oral health, and a smile that makes them feel proud.

If you have any questions about this process, or if you would like to schedule a consultation and exam for your child, let us know. An exam could happen as early as age seven!


We want to help patients in our community of all ages obtain straighter smiles. To learn more about caring for misalignment in childhood, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Fort Worth, and all surrounding communities.