For Children

Orthodontics For Children

While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven.

By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery.

For Children

Orthodontics for the Young Smiles

Embarking on the orthodontic journey is exciting, especially for kids! Though there’s no set age for a child’s first visit to the orthodontist, the American Association of Orthodontists suggests around seven years old is optimal.

At this age, the blend of baby and adult teeth can help an orthodontist easily spot and address potential issues early—sometimes sidestepping the need for surgery. Plus, early diagnosis can streamline future treatment, setting the stage for a healthy smile as they grow.

Early Days with Braces

Starting orthodontic treatment can be a big change for children. Some initial tenderness in their mouth and teeth is normal. We’ve got a simple saltwater rinse trick to ease discomfort, and we’re always on hand with orthodontic wax to soothe any irritation from the braces. We promise, it’s a temporary phase on the path to a lifetime of confident smiles!

Remember, each smile we craft is as unique as the child it belongs to. So let’s kick-start this smile adventure and lay the foundation for a future filled with healthy, happy grins.

Early Treatment Allows
Your Orthodontist To:

  • Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight

  • Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches

  • Create more space for crowded teeth

  • Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life

  • Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems

Here Are A Few Things To Look For That May Mean Your Child Needs To See An 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

Life With Braces

Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. Early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.

Treatment Options for Children

Traditional Braces

Traditional or “metal” braces have been used for decades and are a proven method for correcting a wide range of orthodontic issues. They can effectively address problems such as crooked teeth, crowded teeth, gaps, and bite alignment.

Clear Braces

We offer two types of clear braces options at Zeh Orthodontics including GC Chic ceramic braces and the Lightforce clear braces system.

Clear Aligners

We offer three types of clear aligner options at Zeh Orthodontics including Invisalign, Spark and our in-house GO SMILE custom aligners.


We offer various types of treatment for patients of all ages.We will customize your treatment to what best suits your orthodontic needs.





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