$250 off Braces & Invisalign

For a limited time, take $250 off any orthodontic treatment, which includes braces and Invisalign.

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At Tooth + Tusk, we believe that the best way to give your child a straight healthy smile is with early intervention. That is why we advocate for regular dental visits from your baby’s first birthday! As your child grows, so does their smile, and we want to be a part of that journey. During every routine visit, x-rays can give us a picture of how your child’s smile is coming together (literally).

Your Child & Orthodontics

Once your child is old enough – typically around age 7 – we can assess what and if orthodontic procedures and treatments will be necessary. It is important to remember that straight teeth are not just for cosmetic purposes. A straighter smile can help improve the way your child eats and speaks by correcting severe crossbites and overbites, eliminating serious crowding, preventing permanent tooth extraction later in life, and aligning the jaw and teeth so your child is comfortable as they continue to grow into adulthood.

The question may not be if but when should you see an orthodontist? Here are just a few instances that may be a red flag for a visit to the orthodontist.

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • A hard time chewing or biting food
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
  • Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
  • Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
  • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight

If your child does experience any of the issues above, it may be time to consult with your dentist. As your dentist reviews your child’s most recent x-rays, you may be curious about what kind of issues or procedures may be recommended.

Space Maintenance

In some cases, your child may not have room for all of their adult teeth to fit in their mouth. A dentist can help with early intervention to help make space for teeth. Treatment options may include a palatal expander, spacers, or tooth removal.

Braces for Kids & Teens

If your orthodontist has recommended braces, there are a few different options available for your child. Nearly 80% of teenagers will have had braces by the time they turn 19, making it a common procedure for many kids. While every mouth is different, treatment time for braces can range – on average – from one to three years. This can depend on the growth of your child’s mouth, the severity of the problem, and the type of braces.

Options include:

  • Traditional Braces – These metal braces are not the ones our parents had! With the incredible dental advancements, even metal braces have become more comfortable, more effective, and more affordable.
  • Girl with bracesInvisalign – Invisalign is an excellent option for those wanting to straighten their teeth discreetly. The aligners are custom-fit to your child’s teeth and offer comfort for the day-to-day. These aligners can be removed when eating, and because they straighten every tooth simultaneously, this option can be slightly faster than other types of braces. Invisalign requires self-discipline, so we only recommend this for teens who can commit to the treatment plan.
  • Clear/Ceramic Braces – Made from clear or tooth-colored ceramic brackets, this option can be a great compromise with your teen. It allows nearly invisible discretion while still obtaining the goal of a straighter, healthier smile.
  • Lingual Braces – Attached to the back of your teeth, these types of braces offer discretion and all of the same benefits as traditional braces, just behind the smile.

Get Started With a Free Orthodontic Consultation

If your child is in need of orthodontic treatment, start with a free consultation at Tooth + Tusk. New and existing patients can also take advantage of our in-house deal for $250 off orthodontic treatment. Contact us if your child is ready for an orthodontic consultation!