Children's Orthodontics Specialist

Rad Orthodontics

Orthodontics located in Bethesda, MD, College Park, MD, Potomac, MD & Rockville, MD

Many families associate braces and orthodontic care with the teenage years, but there are many cases in which children’s orthodontics can help kids get an early start on a great smile. The team at Rad Orthodontics loves working with children of all ages and is proud to be an orthodontic provider of choice for the communities of College Park, Potomac, and Bethesda, Maryland. Booking your child’s orthodontic visit takes just moments online or over the phone.

Children's Orthodontics Q & A

How do I know if my child needs to see an orthodontist?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, kids should come in to see an orthodontist around the age of seven. At this point in their development, children have a combination of baby and permanent teeth. Their jaw and face are still developing, but a skilled orthodontist is able to identify potential areas of concern even at this early stage. 

Some signs your child might need to see an orthodontist include:

  • Crowded front teeth
  • Frequent mouth breathing
  • Clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing their jaw
  • Difficulty chewing or biting down on food
  • The habit of sucking fingers or thumb
  • Bite that does not align properly

Meeting with an orthodontist gives parents the information needed to shape the course of their child’s care. 

What are the benefits of seeing an orthodontist before the teen years?

One of the benefits of working with an orthodontic team during childhood is the chance to address issues before they become severe. Your orthodontic specialist can create a long-term treatment plan to help your child achieve a happy and healthy smile. 

By guiding jaw development, orthodontic care can help ensure your child’s permanent teeth are as straight as possible. Crowding can be addressed, and there are techniques that work to widen a child’s upper and lower arches. 

Your orthodontist can even offer assistance with thumb sucking or other habits that could get in the way of a healthy smile. Minor speech issues can also be the focus, which can prevent those problems from developing even further. 

What are children’s orthodontics visits like?

The team at Rad Orthodontics loves working with patients of all ages, but the youngest members of the practice family hold a special place in everyone’s heart. Care is taken to make children’s orthodontics visits a fun and relaxed experience. 

Your child’s early interactions with dental professionals can shape their attitude about dental health for the rest of their lives. The specialists at Rad Orthodontics understand the importance of making these early impressions as positive as possible. 

When you’re ready to bring your child in for a children’s orthodontics appointment, call the office or book a visit online. From the outstanding front desk staff to the doctors who guide your child’s care, your family will feel warmly welcomed.