Orthodontic care is often only associated with adults who intend to get straighter teeth and a correct bite. While it’s important to correct misalignment in adulthood, it is even more crucial to do so during childhood.

Our pediatric orthodontists at Kangaroo Smiles aim to intercept and guide the development of your child’s smile. We do this through early orthodontic treatment, which is also called interceptive treatment.

Interceptive treatment can begin as early as age six or seven. By starting care at this young age, we can take advantage of your child’s natural growth spurts. This allows us to effectively guide the development of their smile, preventing more serious problems from developing later on.

Benefits of Early Orthodontic Care


One of the most difficult things a child can experience is the lack of self-esteem that’s spurred by appearance issues. Whether it’s because of baby teeth that are crowded or a lisp that hasn’t gone away, these problems can make your child feel embarrassed and anxious.

We offer early orthodontic treatment to prevent many of these issues from developing or becoming worse. By guiding the development of your child’s smile, our pediatric orthodontists can help relieve their stress and give them the confidence they need to succeed.

Improved Oral Health

Early orthodontic treatment can improve your child’s overall oral health. By correcting misalignment, we can help to ensure that they can bite and chew properly. This can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay.

As our orthodontists guide the development of your child’s teeth, the risks associated with misalignment can be greatly reduced. This allows your child to maintain a healthy smile for years to come.

Better Digestion

Did you know that misaligned teeth can lead to problems with digestion? When teeth are crowded or spaced too far apart, it can make it difficult to bite and chew properly. This can lead to indigestion and other digestive issues since appropriate chewing is part of the digestive process.

Early orthodontic treatment can help correct these problems before they become more serious. Our available orthodontic devices such as braces and clear aligners can help realign teeth and improve your child’s ability to chew properly.

Prevention of Serious Problems

One of the most important benefits of early orthodontic treatment is the prevention of serious problems from developing. By intercepting and guiding the development of their teeth, our pediatric orthodontists can prevent many common problems such as overcrowding, bite issues, and gum disease.

Interceptive treatment can also help to preserve space for adult teeth. This is especially important if your child has lost baby teeth prematurely. By starting care early, we can help ensure that there’s enough room for adult teeth to come in properly.

Early Orthodontic Treatments For Your Child

Traditional Metal Braces

One of the most common types of orthodontic devices at Kangaroo Smiles is traditional metal braces. They use brackets and wires made of medical-grade stainless steel to realign teeth.

While they are the most visible type of braces, they are also the most effective. Traditional metal braces can be used to correct a wide variety of dental problems and are often the best option for children with severe misalignment.

Clear Ceramic Braces

This type is made of a translucent material that is much less visible. Ceramic brackets are attached to metal arch wires to move the teeth into proper alignment.

Clear ceramic braces are a good option for children who are self-conscious about their appearance but still need braces to correct orthodontic issues. Our pediatric orthodontists also recommend them as an option for patients who are allergic to metal braces.

While they are also a great treatment for mild to severe cases, they tend to be more prone to breaking compared to metal braces.

Invisalign® Clear Aligners

Invisalign clear aligners are a popular choice for patients of all ages. They consist of comfortable, BPA-free plastic tray-like devices that are virtually invisible when worn.

Our orthodontists will issue a series of custom-made clear aligners to your child after taking x-rays and dental impressions of their teeth. They are designed to gradually move teeth into proper alignment. They will need to be worn for at least 22 hours a day and replaced every two weeks.

Invisalign clear aligners are a great choice for children who are self-conscious about their appearance but still need braces to correct orthodontic problems. Since they are also removable, they don’t need to compromise oral health habits and food choice as they undergo treatment with Invisalign.

Straight Smile for Kids is at an Affordable Price

Orthodontic treatment can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. At Kangaroo Smiles, we offer a variety of affordable payment options to make sure that your child gets the care they need at a price you can afford.

We also accept most major insurance plans. Our pediatric orthodontists will work with you to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your insurance coverage.

Schedule a Free Consultation

If you think your child may benefit from early orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with one of our pediatric orthodontists today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you decide if orthodontic treatment is right for your child. Give us a call today!

Frequently asked questions

For your convenience, here are some frequently asked questions from parents and our answers. If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.

Although they will all eventually fall out, primary (baby) teeth are important for:

• Proper chewing and eating
• Keeping space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position
• Allowing normal development of the jaw bones and muscles
• Development of speech
• Giving your child the self-confidence they need to succeed in school and other activities

Cavities in baby teeth can cause sensitivity, pain, and sometimes even serious infections. In some situations, they can also directly affect the development of your child’s permanent teeth.

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Often times, cavities develop without any pain or other symptoms. That is why it is so important to schedule your child for regular, routine visits with our office. Small cavities that are not painful are always easier to fix than large cavities.

Left untreated, cavities can lead to more serious problems for your child, such as infections in the nerve of the tooth, swellings, and possibly needing to have the tooth removed. Some common symptoms of a larger cavity may include:

1) A painful toothache or swollen gums
2) Pain when chewing or eating hot or cold foods
3) The presence of white spots, tooth discolorations, or holes in teeth

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We use dental radiographs, or X-rays, in the dental exams of children of all ages, because many problems with the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen by the naked eye.

X-rays can reveal:
• Small cavities between teeth
• Deep cavities
• Infections in the jaw bones
• Abscesses or cysts
• Developmental problems such as missing teeth

At Kangaroo Smiles we use digital X-rays. Digital X-rays are not only more comfortable and accurate than traditional X-rays, but also faster and better for the environment. With no sharp X-ray film and no lengthy chemical processing required, the images can be seen on our computer screen within seconds. Studies have also found that digital X-rays emit up to 90% less radiation than conventional X-rays!

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Dr. Mona is very familiar with the phrase, “Accidents happen.”

If your child experiences a dental accident that causes him or her any amount of dental pain, call us immediately. We can talk you through the situation and help relieve your stress. If needed, we will schedule a same-day emergency appointment.

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