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Transforming Smiles with Pediatric Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX

At Aviator Pediatric Dentistry, we do more than keep kids’ teeth cavity free. We provide orthodontic services for straight smiles that last into adulthood. With your dentistry and orthodontics needs under the same roof, your child receives comprehensive care with consistent guidance and less travel. For beautiful, straight smiles, we’re happy to be a trusted friend to the families in our community.


What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a field of dentistry focused on diagnosing and treating issues from misaligned teeth. Our in-house methods include traditional braces, clear aligners, and space maintainers to create straight, healthy bites and smiles.

Children typically start orthodontic treatment between the ages of 8 and 14. Since their jaws and oral structures are still developing, treatment is especially effective at guiding healthy growth. Orthodontics treats crooked teeth, over and underbites, crowding, spacing, and impacted teeth. Straightening teeth isn’t just about appearance. It has lifelong benefits toward your child’s overall oral health well into adulthood.


Orthodontic Services Offered

Every child has unique orthodontic needs. No matter their age or state of development, we’re ready to work with you and your child to find a solution for the betterment of their health. We offer traditional metal braces, Invisalign® clear aligners, space maintainers, and more through early orthodontic intervention. Click the links below to learn more about how we help children achieve straight, healthy smiles:

Why Opt for Early Orthodontic Treatment?

You can get a jumpstart on your child’s orthodontic health earlier than you think. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends a first evaluation around the age of 7. Why so soon? After all, we said most orthodontic treatments start between 8 and 14. However, even at 7, the team at Aviator Pediatric Dentistry can already start to see what issues your child might have in the future and recommend early intervention. 

Additionally, the more information our Watauga orthodontic care team has on your child’s smile, the better we can predict where it’s going and what care it might need. This saves you money and your child stress by avoiding more invasive treatments. Waiting until a kid’s mouth is already crowded or affected by bite misalignments can mean they’ll have to undergo surgery or tooth extractions to address the issues. Orthodontic care can also be more effective when your child is younger. This is because their jaws and palate are more pliable.

Give Your Child’s Smile an Early Boost with Palate Expanders

One of the best early forms of orthodontic treatment is a palate expander. If Dr. Montoya notices that your child’s upper jaw or palate is too narrow, he can use this simple oral appliance. It helps the upper jaw meet the lower jaw correctly, improving speaking, breathing, and chewing. Like other orthodontic care, palate expanders work by applying pressure, forcing the palate to expand. This makes more room in the upper part of your child’s mouth. With an expander, we can prevent overcrowding and airway obstruction before they have a chance to develop.

Orthodontic Benefits For Kids and Teens

Orthodontic treatment isn’t just cosmetic. A balanced bite and straight smile has many health and lifestyle benefits:

  • Improved oral hygiene: Misaligned teeth are more difficult to effectively clean. A straight smile ensures your child can easily reach all their teeth while brushing and flossing.
  • Prevents speech problems: Teeth in their proper position encourage better speech and pronunciation.
  • Lower risk of tooth and gum disease: Better oral hygiene means there’s a lower risk of costly tooth decay and gum disease in your child’s future
  • Better daily function: A straight smile means your child won’t have to consider dietary restrictions that may come with a misaligned bite.
  • Improved jaw health: With a balanced bite, less stress is put on the jaw that could lead to lasting pain and treatment.
  • More self-confidence: Our favorite benefit, your child will feel proud to show off their straight, healthy teeth!

Orthodontics for a Lifetime of Smiles

For comprehensive treatment in a single location, our team can’t wait to help your child achieve a straight, healthy smile. Contact us today to set up a consultation and start their journey toward better oral health.

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