Information for Parents

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Only an orthodontic specialist can properly plan and adjust treatment to fit your child best.

Navigating your child’s orthodontic journey can sometimes feel like an overwhelming task. We understand you may have concerns, questions, and need to find reliable information that will allow you to make informed decisions about your child’s oral health.

Here you can find a wealth of valuable resources, tips, and insights to guide you.

Whether you’re curious about the right age for your child’s first orthodontic evaluation, want to learn about the different treatment options available, or simply need advice on how to help your child maintain good oral hygiene during treatment, we’ve got you covered.

Find an Orthodontist Specialist Near You!

Orthodontic treatment plays a vital role in improving overall dental health, and a confident smile can work wonders for your self-esteem. Visit a Texas orthodontic specialist to help you make the right decisions about your care, and you’ll be on the fast track to looking and feeling your best.

Things to consider as a parent

Common orthodontic problems

Orthodontists are specialists trained in the proper development of teeth and jaws, so they work in tandem with your dentist to ensure that your child’s smile is functional and healthy.

If your child has any of the following problems, early orthodontic treatment could help address them before they become more serious.

● Underbite– when the lower front teeth are ahead of the upper front teeth

● Crossbites – when the upper teeth are inside of the lowers

● Functional shift – when the jaw shifts to one side as the teeth come together

● Very crowded teeth

● Excessively spaced teeth

● Extra or missing teeth

● Teeth that meet abnormally or don’t meet at all

● Thumb-, finger- or pacifier- sucking that is affecting the teeth or jaw growth

Prepare for an orthodontic visit

Before visiting the orthodontist with your child, consider the following:

  • Ensure your child is at the recommended age for an orthodontic evaluation.
  • Understand the necessity of treatment for your child’s oral health.
  • Verify the orthodontist’s credentials and experience with pediatric patients.
  • Familiarize yourself with available treatment options.
  • Check your insurance coverage and discuss potential costs.
  • Plan financially for payment options or financing.
  • Understand the estimated duration of treatment and its impact on your child’s schedule.
  • Prepare for the maintenance and care required during and after treatment.
  • Assess your child’s emotional readiness for the orthodontic process, including wearing braces or aligners.

By keeping these points in mind, you can approach your child’s orthodontic journey with confidence and clarity.

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How the Texas Association of Orthodontists Can Help:

At TAO, we’re committed to empowering parents with the knowledge and resources they need to ensure their child’s orthodontic journey is as smooth and successful as possible.

Whether you have questions about treatment options, want to find a qualified orthodontist in your area, or simply need guidance and support throughout your treatment process, TAO is here to help.

If you have not found an answer to your question here, please don’t hesitate to ask us.