Braces for kids

& Orthodontics for kids

We help you make the best decision for your child’s smile, health, and quality of life. Dr. Loeb has years of experience caring for young children in early orthodontic treatment!

Is early orthodontic treatment necessary?

Orthodontic treatment isn’t just about ‘straightening teeth’, it’s about establishing a healthy foundation for a beautiful set of permanent teeth, and setting the stage for a lifetime of beautiful and confident smiles.

The goal of early treatment is to develop the jaws to allow for ideal dental development. By supporting proper growth of the jaw and correcting certain bite concerns (such as an underbite, crossbite or crowding) early on, we can eliminate the need for more complex, lengthy forms of treatment (such as jaw surgery) in the future.

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How much do braces cost?

At your first visit to our office, we’ll work with you to create a flexible payment plan that meets your needs!

The cost of braces will depend on a few factors, including the length of your child’s treatment (based on the severity of their condition), whether you have orthodontic insurance, and the specific payment plan you choose with us.

Does my little one need orthodontics?

If any of these symptoms sound familiar, we encourage you to request a complimentary consultation with us.

  • Persistent mouth-breathing
  • Thumbsucking or tongue-thrusting habits
  • Early, late or irregular loss of baby teeth
  • Crooked, crowded or gapped teeth
  • Jaw pain or facial pain
  • Jaw shifting, popping or clicking
  • Difficulty or pain when chewing or biting
  • Inability to chew food properly
  • Digestive issues caused by improper chewing
  • Lack of self esteem or confidence when smiling

An early assessment of your child’s growth gives you the peace of mind that your child is thriving.

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What is the best age to get braces or Clear aligners?

The AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) recommends that children receive their first orthodontic evaluation at age 7.

Age 7 sounds young, we know, but this doesn’t mean that orthodontic treatment will begin at this age. Dr. Loeb will only suggest the right treatment at the right time for each patient.

Two-Phase Early Orthodontic Treatment

Early orthodontic treatment is best separated into two phases, designed to work alongside the natural development of the teeth and jaw bones.

What is Phase 1 treatment?

Phase 1 orthodontic treatment is typically completed between the ages of 7 and 10 and is aimed to prepare the mouth for permanent teeth to emerge in a healthy alignment with a sufficient amount of space.

During this phase, your child may be treated with a palatal expander appliance to widen the upper jaw and create enough room for permanent teeth to grow.

What is phase 2 treatment

This phase generally begins in the early teen years, when all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Phase 2 treatment focuses on aligning the teeth and jaws to create a harmonious facial appearance. During this phase, a full treatment of braces or Invisalign/Angel Aligner clear aligners is often completed. 

Every child develops at a different rate, and your child’s treatment plan will be 100% customized to his or her needs. At your first visit, we’ll help you make the right choice for your little one.

Start smiling!

For over 50 years, we’ve provided personalized orthodontic care for families in Oakland, NJ. We’re known for going above and beyond to meet our patients’ needs, and we truly value the relationships we build along the way.

A lifetime of smiles starts here.  Request your complimentary consultation today.