Orthodontics for the whole family
to get healthier, straighter and more beautiful smiles
Our orthodontic services are carefully designed to give you, your child or your teen a beautiful and healthy smile.
While many patients think of orthodontics as an effective way to improve the esthetics of their smiles, orthodontic treatment can also be very beneficial to your oral health and function. Correctly aligned teeth are generally at a lower risk for dental problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Orthodontics can also make it easier for you to chew, eat and speak properly.
The childhood and teenage years are a great time for orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child receive their first orthodontic screening by age 7, and we encourage you to bring your child to our office by this age to evaluate their need for orthodontic treatment. When we are able to start treatment early, we can often detect and correct potential problems before they become more serious. This can help save time as well as money.
Early orthodontic treatment is advantageous because a young child’s teeth have not finished erupting; this allows us to guide their eruption and address any problems at the earliest possible stage. Whether your child needs removable or fixed appliances, early orthodontic treatment can help to:
Provide more room for crowded erupting teeth
Preserve space for teeth that have not yet erupted
Create facial symmetry by guiding jaw growth
Reduce the possible need for tooth extraction
Reduce the overall treatment time
When you bring your child to Southside Orthodontic Center, Dr. Pavlin will be able to determine whether treatment is needed and when it should begin. If early orthodontic treatment is needed, we will create a personalized treatment plan for optimal results.