Children's Orthodontics

Pediatric Dental Professionals

Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Austin, TX

It’s never too early to start thinking about how to improve your child’s smile. At Pediatric Dental Professionals in Austin, Texas, orthodontist Stephen Robirds, DDS, offers child patients effective orthodontic treatment. By prioritizing children’s orthodontics, children can enjoy a beautiful, healthy-looking smile for the rest of their lives. This prevents a future filled with serious oral health concerns, such as gum disease and decay. To set up a consultation with Dr. Robirds for your child, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Children's Orthodontics Q & A

Should I consider orthodontics for my child? 

If your child has crooked teeth, bite problems, or spacing issues, it’s a good idea to consider orthodontic treatment. Dr. Robirds and the team at Pediatric Dental Professionals specializes in children’s orthodontics. 

The first step is coming in for an initial orthodontic visit, which usually takes less than an hour. This appointment includes a clinical examination, reviewing diagnostic records, and a comprehensive evaluation of all of your child’s orthodontic needs, both present and future. 

The aim is to answer all of your questions regarding your child’s orthodontic treatment and make sure you have all the necessary information for you to make an informed decision.

What types of children’s orthodontics are available? 

Dr. Robirds and his team offer a host of children’s orthodontics options, including: 

Self-ligating (metal and clear) braces

This type of orthodontic device doesn’t require ties or elastics to hold the archwire in place. They use a "door" to attach the archwire to the bracket. Self-ligating braces put less pressure on your teeth. One of the most popular aspects is that they’re also less noticeable than traditional braces.

Traditional braces

If you’re dealing with a severe bite or spacing issue, traditional metal brackets may be the best orthodontic treatment option. The metal brackets apply controlled force, gradually shifting your teeth into alignment. During your regular check-ups, Dr. Watts tightens the wiring slightly to make sure your teeth move as planned.

In some cases, Invisalign® is an option, but this system of clear, removable aligners is more common amongst men, women, and some teens. 

How long does children’s orthodontics treatment take? 

The length of your child’s orthodontic treatment varies depending on factors such as age, desired results, and specific oral health needs. On average, children’s orthodontics takes about one year. However, treatment can sometimes take several years, or if there are only minor issues being treated, it can take just a few months. 

When your child’s orthodontic treatment begins, Dr. Robirds is able to provide an estimated timeline. Throughout treatment, he offers updates and let you know how your child’s teeth are responding to the orthodontic appliance. 

To schedule a children’s orthodontics visit, call the office or book your appointment online today.