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When Should Your Child Visit An Orthodontist?

January 9, 2017

You know that your child will need some kind of orthodontic treatment. Whether that means traditional braces, Invisalign, or something else remains to be seen. That’s why you should call us at 888-722-5033 to schedule an appointment. Our dentists can examine your kid’s teeth and help you decide the best course of action.

But when is the best time to bring your child to one of Orthodontic Affiliates’ seven Indiana locations? That depends on your child’s development and orthodontic needs.

Your Child’s First Orthodontic Appointment

When it comes to orthodontics, there’s a clear guideline: The sooner you bring your child to an orthodontist, the easier (and cheaper) it will be to correct their teeth. For most children, this means coming to see Dr. Schmidt or Dr. Surber around 7 years’ of age.

By age 7, your child’s teeth can start showing signs of development problems. Because our dentists have such experience and training, they can see where your kid’s teeth are going to move out of alignment. We can often spot malocclusion (or bite problems like an overbite) by this age as well.

However, you know your child much better than anyone else. You can definitely call us at 888-722-5033 to schedule an appointment before your child is 7 years old. For example, you might see a few crooked adult teeth as soon as they come in. Transitioning from baby teeth to adult ones is never perfect.

Orthodontic Options For Your Family

You (and especially your child) will want to know your orthodontic treatment options even before they are necessary. Here are some of the treatments Dr. Schmidt and Dr. Surber can offer your child so their smile is healthy and straight.


These are not the braces you probably had as a child! There are similarities, of course. With this orthodontic treatment, your child will have metal brackets connected by wires placed on their teeth. They gently reposition teeth and jaws to where they should be.

However, these are much smaller than in years past. That makes braces more comfortable and less noticeable. By calling Orthodontic Affiliates today, you can schedule an appointment for modern braces for your child.


Invisalign clear aligners are one of our most popular options for teenagers and pre-teens. Both groups tend to be very worried about their appearance and social acceptance. Having metal braces can be very embarrassing for them.

This treatment uses smooth, clear plastic trays that fit snugly over your child’s teeth. They still reposition teeth and jaws like any orthodontic treatment. However, they’re practically invisible when worn.

Call us today at 888-722-5033 to schedule an appointment for Invisalign. Your child will likely be done with Invisalign in just about one year, saving you time and trips to the dentist’s office.


This orthodontic treatment is sort of in between traditional braces and Invisalign. Your child will get brackets and wires, but these are camouflaged. The brackets are made from a clear ceramic, and the wires are colored to match teeth. That makes them much harder to notice.

By calling us today, you can schedule a consultation to see if clear ceramic braces are a good fit for your child’s needs. Our dentists have years of training and experience, so they are perfectly suited to help you find what treatment works best.


Orthodontic Affiliates can help with more than just your child’s teeth. We can also help with their facial bone structure.

Dentofacial orthodontics can correct abnormalities in your child’s face. This can include overbites or underbites, but it can also mean changing your child’s smile. After all, the mouth is shaped by the teeth underneath it.


With interceptive orthodontics, you can help correct problems in your child’s smile before it gets worse. Dr. Schmidt and Dr. Surber are trained to help guide adult teeth as they fully come in. This can get teeth in their proper positions and either reduce the need for braces or even eliminate it.

Call us TODAY at 888-722-5033 and schedule your child’s first orthodontic appointment. You can also request an appointment online. Your child can also get help with spacing, thumb-sucking, and how their adult teeth come in. Together, we can help your child have the smile they deserve.

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