Orthodontic FAQs

OMG! Where do you start with your kid’s orthodontics? At Bowen Family Orthodontics, we know that as parents, the joy you derive from your child’s dazzling, priceless smiles is immeasurable. But have you ever considered the health of those tiny little teeth beyond the bright smiles? Just like you, Dr. Bowen is a parent in Mullica Hill. She understands that your child’s orthodontic health is equally crucial. Early attention to their dental health can be a game-changer, laying a foundation for a gorgeous smile that lasts a lifetime. Let’s ensure that your child’s smile lights up your world and reflects excellent dental health. Let’s give them the gift of a perfect smile!

What Is Orthodontics Anyway? 

If you’re wondering what exactly orthodontics is, you’re not alone. In simple terms, it’s a specialized field of dentistry focused on diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities. While orthodontics might sound like a complicated word, it’s all about ensuring your child’s teeth grow straight and align well.

Why is it essential for children, you ask? Early orthodontic care can prevent more severe issues down the line, such as difficulties with biting, chewing, or speaking. More than that, it’s about confidence. With straight teeth and a perfect smile, your child can beam with self-assurance, and we’re here at Bowen Family Orthodontics to help make that a reality.

When Should Your Littles See An Orthodontist? 

Determining the right time for your child’s first orthodontist visit can seem tricky. However, the American Association of Orthodontists (along with Dr. Bowen) recommends a check-up by age 7. Even though your child’s teeth might appear straight, there could be underlying issues with jaw growth and emerging teeth. So, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Aside from age, keep an eye out for signs that your child may need an orthodontic check-up. These could include difficulty in chewing or biting, thumb sucking beyond age 5, crowded or misplaced teeth, or jaws that pop or shift. At Bowen Family Orthodontics, we’re here to help guide your child’s teeth to a future of healthy smiles.

What Happens At The First Visit? 

At Bowen Family Orthodontics, we strive to make your child’s first visit a breeze. Walking into a dental office for the first time can be a bit nerve-racking for youngsters. Our goal is to offer a stress-free and friendly environment filled with a team ready to answer any questions your kiddo might have. 

In the initial visit, we typically start with a comprehensive oral examination. This helps us understand your child’s unique needs. We may take X-rays or make molds of your child’s teeth if needed. These methods provide an in-depth look into your child’s dental and jaw development. Rest assured, we take extra care to ensure these procedures are as comfortable as possible. Remember, our aim is to make your child’s journey to a healthy smile enjoyable!

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Treatment Options By Dr. Bowen

At Bowen Family Orthodontics, we take pride in offering a variety of orthodontic treatment options. This means we’re able to cater to your child’s unique needs and preferences, ensuring that they’re comfortable and confident throughout their orthodontic journey.

First, let’s talk about our metal braces. These classic fixtures are a tried-and-true method for straightening teeth. They’re robust, reliable, and perfect for addressing a variety of orthodontic challenges. Plus, they’re more comfortable and sleeker than you might remember from your own childhood!

Next, we have clear braces. These are like the incognito agents of orthodontic appliances. Crafted from clear or tooth-colored ceramic, they seamlessly blend with your child’s teeth, making them less noticeable while still delivering fantastic results. They offer all the strength of metal braces with a touch of aesthetic elegance.

Then there’s Invisalign. This innovative option involves a series of clear, removable aligners custom-made for your child’s teeth. They’re virtually invisible and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. Perfect for the child who prefers a more subtle approach to orthodontic treatment.

Finally, we have our unique WildSmiles. These aren’t your typical braces. With WildSmiles, your child can express their personality while aligning their teeth. We have a Signature Collection with fun shapes like flowers, stars, and hearts. If your kid is a Disney fan, they’ll adore our Disney Collection. And for college sports enthusiasts, we have our College Collection to help them flaunt their team spirit!

With so many treatment options, Bowen Family Orthodontics is poised to provide personalized, effective care for your child’s orthodontic needs. Together, we can choose the best option that suits your child’s lifestyle and personality while prioritizing their oral health.

How To Prepare Your Child For Treatment 

Embarking on the orthodontic journey can feel daunting, especially for children. But don’t worry – at Bowen Family Orthodontics; we’re here to ease your child’s transition into treatment. 

Start by having open conversations about what to expect. Explain the process in simple, reassuring terms, and remind them of the end goal – a healthier, more beautiful smile! 

Consider making a fun day out of the first appointment. Plan a special lunch or a trip to a favorite park afterward, turning the day into an adventure. 

Highlighting the fun aspects of orthodontics, like choosing WildSmiles designs or the colors of their braces, can also help to ignite their excitement and reduce anxiety. 

Remember, it’s okay for them to feel a bit nervous. With patience, positivity, and a little creativity, you can help your child look forward to their orthodontic treatment.

How Much Does Treatment Cost? 

Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your child’s long-term health and self-confidence, and we at Bowen Family Orthodontics believe that finances should not stand in the way of this essential care.

While it’s difficult to provide exact cost estimates due to each patient’s unique needs, we strive to make treatments affordable. The cost will depend on the complexity of the case and the type of orthodontic treatment chosen. 

We understand that budget considerations are significant, which is why we proudly offer various financing options to suit different financial situations. We’ll work with you to design a payment plan that comfortably fits your budget, and we can help maximize your insurance benefits too.

Orthodontic care is an essential step on your child’s journey to a healthier, happier smile, and we’re committed to making that journey as accessible as possible for all families.

Orthodontic FAQs

Orthodontic Treatment At Bowen Family Orthodontics

Your child’s oral health is crucial to their overall well-being and self-esteem. At Bowen Family Orthodontics in Mullica Hill, we understand the significance of this journey and are dedicated to making it as positive, fun, and affordable as possible. Early orthodontic intervention from Dr. Bowen can often simplify later treatment, laying a foundation for lifelong dental health. We’re excited to partner with you in creating happy smiles for your little ones! Schedule a free consultation here.