At Carousel Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Dr. Katie Nordeen is your trusted dentist in Apple Valley, MN who provides comprehensive orthodontic treatment for children and teens using traditional metal braces, clear braces, and clear aligners with Invisalign. We're thrilled to be a one-stop for all of your child's dental needs, and we love creating foundations for beautiful smiles.
Here's our complete guide to orthodontic treatment for children.
Traditional Braces in Apple Valley, MN
In some cases with more complicated bite concerns, traditional brackets and wires may be the better option for your son or daughter. However, with clear and metal options, there's something for every child's smile.
As well as moving crowded, unevenly spaced, or overlapped teeth, traditional braces are ideal for correcting specific bite issues, such as:
- Open bites
Invisalign in Apple Valley
Invisible braces with Invisalign work well for busy teens who are interested in more discretion when straightening their teeth. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to move teeth into position gently.
Invisalign aligners are comfortable to wear, easy to take out for eating and brushing, and virtually invisible. However, teens do have to wear their aligners for at least 22 hours each day, so compliance is the key to the success of this treatment.
Some children can benefit from having early orthodontic treatment that takes advantage of their growth patterns and sets their smiles up for success in the future. Dr. Katie evaluates each child for ortho starting around the ages of seven or eight years old, and she will let you know if your son or daughter is a candidate for interceptive orthodontics.
Dr. Katie may recommend early orthodontics for these situations:
- Overcrowded baby teeth with no space for adult teeth to come in
- Severe bite concerns that would benefit from early correction
Learn More About Braces in Apple Valley
If you'd like to have your son or daughter evaluated for orthodontics in Apple Valley, MN, contact our pediatric dental office today at (952) 715-6177 to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Katie.