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Bracing yourself for bracing your kids

As an orthodontist, I often come across two types of parents: one who assumes their kid’s experience will be the same as theirs and another type of parent who doesn’t have the experience or knowledge they need to get the process started.

No matter where you stand, I hope to ease your questions and concerns about bracing your kids by delineating what an orthodontist is, what we do, and answer some of the questions I get asked most by parents:

  • How are orthodontists and dentists different?
  • Should I wait to visit an orthodontist until I am referred to one by my dentist?
  • How do I know when to set up an appointment?
  • At what age should I bring my children into the orthodontist?

Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics is a specialized branch of dentistry that treats irregularities in teeth and jaw position. Orthodontists use traditional braces, clear aligners and other appliances to help make teeth move, then use retainers to hold teeth in position.

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