Is Your Child Ready for Orthodontic Treatment?

Common FAQs

My kids are still young – should we consider braces now if they are still growing?

Yes. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children should be seen for their first orthodontic consultation no later than age 7. While the age of 7 may seem unusually early to consider braces, this pre-screening will give the orthodontist the opportunity to use preventative measures to possibly correct situations that may lead to braces in the future, and/or advise the parent on future orthodontic treatment planning.

Why is it important for kids to have orthodontic treatment?

There are many reasons why children should have orthodontic treatment: Aside from a child’s self-esteem and confidence, misaligned teeth and an incorrect bite may affect more than just the appearance of your smile. The following conditions may potentially be corrected by orthodontics:

  • Speech impediments
  • Jaw or TMJ pain
  • Difficulty chewing and eating
  • Sleep apnea caused by mouth breathing and snoring
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth
  • Gum disease and tooth decay

Braces are so expensive. How can I afford them without dental insurance?

Financing for braces has never been easier or more affordable. Not only do we offer in-house financing for your convenience, we also work with CareCredit and Lending Club—wellness & health-focused financing companies with really great rates and interest-free promotions for qualifying candidates.

What can I expect during my first visit? Will I have to pay for it?

Absolutely not. Your first consultation is completely free! This initial consultation is typically a visual evaluation of the patient’s teeth and facial structure, with discussion to follow. If the orthodontist requires more in-depth information, or the patient agrees to begin treatment, diagnostic records are then taken once agreed upon by the patient or parental guardian.

Gaston Orthodontics Team

If your child is showing signs of these common bite issues, it’s time to visit Gaston Orthodontics.

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