Braces for Kids

braces for kidsWhat are the facts about dental braces for kids? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends the orthodontist see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required, or to determine the best time for the patient to be treated.

Usually we will watch your child grow up. Normally the optimal time for treatment is when kids are hitting their growth spurt, which in females is 10.5-11 years, while in teen showing off her bracesmales it is 11-11.5 years old. Timing at these ages allows us to use orthodontic mechanics to guide growth in a favorable direction.

Occasionally we will start some type of early treatment only if there is an underlying skeletal problem. Such problems include narrow arch widths, spacing problems, deep bite tendencies, and open bite tendencies. Generally, our office is more conservative, and will only intervene early when it is necessary. At the initial examination Dr. Engen will be able to determine if any early treatment is necessary for your child.

Early Treatment (Phase I/II)

PATIENT REVIEWS

Paul H
Jun 29, 2014

 

Dr. Hahn was were excellent. Very efficient and told me exactly what to expect.

Pam L. (Periodontal patient)
Jun 29, 2014

 

Due to the severity of my dental needs, my regular dentist referred me to Dr. Engen’s office. Being referred to a periodontal specialist is not something I would wish upon anyone, and it was difficult going to another dentist. However, from the minute I entered their office I was greeted by professional, friendly staff members who acknowledged me with a warm smile and a pleasant, cheerful welcome. The doctors and hygienists demonstrated a high level of expertise and technical competency by effectively communicating the options available to address my dental needs. Each and every staff member I encountered, from the receptionist, to the doctors are extremely dedicated to creating a long term relationship with each one of their patients, including taking the time to educate each patient about oral hygiene. The staff at your office works harmoniously, cooperatively and effectively as a team to make your time with them as productive as possible. I would highly recommend this office to anyone seeking resolution to any dental issues and be assured you will be pleasantly surprised with your time with them.