A variety of tooth and jaw issues can be resolved through orthodontics. Our doctors may point out that your child’s baby teeth appear crowded or the relationship between the upper and lower teeth isn’t ideal. While treatment doesn’t usually start this young, it may help you prepare for the possibility of future corrective care. As permanent teeth start to appear, usually around age 6, our doctors will monitor the situation and help you decide if early orthodontic treatment is right for your child.

Although many orthodontic wearers are teenagers, braces play a role in some children’s earlier years. Since permanent teeth are typically larger than baby teeth, a device called a palatal expander may be used to create more room. This allows adult teeth to move into place correctly, helping avoid more extensive treatment later on.

A narrow jaw or a large overbite may create a similar dilemma. Gently guiding your child’s jaw growth while they are still growing can make a tremendous difference down the road. Once growth stops during the teen years, sometimes the only corrective measure involves surgery which is always a scenario to avoid when possible.


Many youngsters benefit from orthodontics after their baby teeth have fallen out and the permanent teeth have grown in. The length of treatment time can vary, but often falls around two years.

Orthodontic treatment can solve almost every bite issue, but success relies on good patient compliance. Wearing elastic bands consistently, keeping follow-up appointments, and practicing outstanding home care can all lead to a beautiful smile. This commitment involves frequent preventive visits with our hygienist as well. This helps avoid permanent staining from weakened enamel and cavities around brackets. Distinctive Dental Concepts specializes in helping our orthodontic patients enjoy a successful outcome: a gorgeous, healthy smile.

My entire family has been going to Distinctive Dental Concepts since 1984. Distinctive Dental Concepts treats you like family and it is a pleasure to visit them. They make dental visits as comfortable as possible and I can not say enough good about this practice.
Tim Powell

Frequently Asked Questions

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An Ortho Screenings Service is a specialized healthcare offering that focuses on assessing and diagnosing orthopedic conditions and injuries. This service is designed to help individuals identify musculoskeletal issues, receive timely treatment, and improve their overall quality of life.

Ortho Screenings Services are beneficial for a wide range of individuals, including those experiencing musculoskeletal pain, having a history of orthopedic issues, or wanting to monitor their joint and bone health proactively. It’s particularly valuable for athletes, seniors, and anyone concerned about their musculoskeletal system.

During an Ortho Screening, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation of your musculoskeletal system. This typically includes a physical examination, medical history review, and diagnostic tests such as X-rays or MRI scans, if necessary. The healthcare provider will assess your joints, bones, and muscles to identify any abnormalities or issues.

The frequency of Ortho Screenings depends on various factors, including age, medical history, and risk factors. Generally, individuals at higher risk, such as athletes or those with a history of orthopedic issues, may need more frequent screenings. Others may opt for periodic screenings as part of their preventive healthcare routine. Consult a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate screening schedule for your needs.