When you and your child visit one of Docbraces’ offices for a free consultation, digital x-rays and pictures will be taken of their teeth and jaws followed by a detailed examination by one of our orthodontists. The orthodontist will use the digital x-rays along with his or her visual exam findings to develop a treatment plan tailored to your child’s needs.

The Docbraces Smile Team always has the best interests of our patients at heart. With this in mind, if your child is not considered to be at the appropriate stage in their development to begin treatment, your child will be placed into the Docbraces Later Gator Program™. As a Later Gator, your child’s development will be monitored through regularly scheduled visits until it is determined that they are ready to begin treatment.

If and when it is determined that your child is ready to begin treatment it may begin with what is referred to as phase 1 treatment. Phase 1 treatment often involves a dental appliance, used to improve the alignment of the developing jaws, create space for improved eruption of permanent adult teeth, and reduce crowding. Dental appliances can also, correct harmful oral habits, improve breathing, and correct speech impediments.

Upon the completion of phase 1 treatment, your child will be monitored regularly in order for your orthodontist to determine if full braces or Invisalign is required to completely align the remaining teeth and bite.

Treatment Types

Recognizing and Treating a Child’s Misaligned Jaw

What is a misaligned jaw (malocclusion)?

When a child has malocclusion, his or her upper and lower teeth do not come together correctly upon closing the mouth. For example, if a child’s upper teeth stick out farther than his or her lower teeth do, this is referred to as an ‘overbite. Read More

How Sleep Apnea Affects Children

We have all heard about the effects that sleep apnea has on adults; but what about the effects of sleep apnea in children? The impact that this disorder has on children may surprise you.

Understanding Sleep Apnea in Children

Just as with adults, children who have sleep apnea wake up on-an Read More