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Orthodontic Treatment for Kids

Beginning orthodontic treatment at a young age can pave the way for a lifetime of overall health and wellness. Your child’s healthiest smile starts here at Scott Family Orthodontics.

For over three decades, our practice has created generations of healthy, beautiful, and confident smiles throughout Pueblo, CO, and Southeast Colorado. Our pediatric orthodontist, Dr. Brian Scott, and our team look forward to meeting you and your family!

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Early Orthodontic Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that a child receives their first orthodontic check-up no later than the age of 7.

Braces may not always be necessary later in life, but monitoring your child’s tooth-jaw relationship at an early age is essential to their oral health.

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What are the benefits of early orthodontic treatment?

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment and preventing serious problems. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, our pediatric orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when the timing is ideal.

Why does your child need an orthodontic evaluation by age 7?

By the age of seven, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. If there is a problem with these relationships, it can usually be treated at an early age. Lateral problems (crossbites) are always treated early.

The presence of erupting front teeth can indicate possible overbite, open bite, or crowding. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant and timely screening can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment, increasing the chance for an incredible smile.

Braces for Kids

By ages 11 to 13, the entire adult dentition is present and most children are ready to begin active treatment with braces.
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What will treatment look like for your child?

Treatment begins with a thorough dental and facial exam, as well as a diagnostic mark-up, x-rays of the head, photos of the face and teeth, and plaster models placed on an articulator (which simulates jaw movements and bite position).

From these records and exams, a diagnosis and treatment plan is formulated for treatment. Dr. Scott utilizes SureSmile® technology to design your child’s treatment plan and customize their wires and brackets.

What types of braces are available for children?

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces. Most children enjoy being able to pick out different colored bands for their braces.

Ceramic braces, Invisalign®, and SureSmile® clear aligners are also available for some children and teenagers.

What Are Our Patients Saying?

“Our children have been patients of Dr. Scott for the past six years. We have always had very positive experiences with Dr. Scott and his entire office staff. They are friendly, professional, helpful, and they strive to make their patients feel welcome and comfortable. We know our children are in the absolute best hands for their orthodontic needs and we would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Scott and his amazing team to anyone!”
﹣ Noah N.

Learn more about pediatric orthodontics.

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