Navigating the Braces Journey for Children: Insights from Davis Family Orthodontics

The decision to start orthodontic treatment for your child marks a significant step towards ensuring their long-term oral health and confidence. At Davis Family Orthodontics, with locations in Lawrenceville, Morrow, Stone Mountain, and Loganville, GA, Dr. Laura Davis and her team are dedicated to guiding families through this transformative journey. This comprehensive guide aims to demystify the process, offering insights into the optimal timing for beginning treatment and setting realistic expectations for what lies ahead.

Identifying the Right Time for Braces

Early Evaluation:

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by age 7. This early assessment allows Dr. Davis to identify any potential jaw growth or tooth development issues that may require intervention.

Signs to Watch For:

Parents should be looking for signs that may indicate the need for orthodontic treatment, including difficulty biting or chewing, mouth breathing, speech impediments, and teeth that are crowded, misplaced, or protruding. Early detection of these issues can be crucial in simplifying future treatment.

The Role of Growth:

One of the key factors in determining the timing for braces is a child’s growth. Treatment often coincides with growth spurts, allowing Dr. Davis to harness natural growth to address orthodontic issues effectively.

What to Expect: The Orthodontic Treatment Process

Initial Consultation:

The journey begins with a comprehensive evaluation, including X-rays and digital imaging, to assess your child’s orthodontic needs. Dr. Davis will discuss potential treatment options and timelines and answer any questions you may have.

Customized Treatment Plan:

Each child’s orthodontic journey is unique. Dr. Davis creates personalized treatment plans that address individual needs, whether it involves traditional braces, clear aligners, or other orthodontic appliances.

Duration of Treatment:

The average duration of orthodontic treatment for children ranges from 18 to 36 months, depending on the case’s complexity. Dr. Davis will provide an estimated timeline and inform you of progress throughout the treatment.

Life with Braces:

Children will need time to adjust to life with braces. Davis Family Orthodontics offers resources and support to help manage common concerns, such as oral hygiene challenges, dietary restrictions, and minor discomfort.

Active Participation:

Success in orthodontic treatment is a collaborative effort. Encouraging your child to adhere to Dr. Davis’s instructions, maintain good oral hygiene, and attend regular check-ups and adjustments is crucial.

Beyond Braces: Maintaining a Beautiful Smile

Retention Phase:

Following the removal of braces, your child will enter the retention phase to ensure that teeth remain in their new positions. Dr. Davis will provide a retainer and instructions for its care and use.

Continued Oral Hygiene:

Good oral hygiene practices established during treatment should continue lifelong, safeguarding your child’s smile and overall dental health.

Regular Dental Check-ups:

Continuing regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and check-ups is essential in maintaining oral health post-orthodontic treatment.

Preparing Your Child for Orthodontic Treatment

Preparing your child mentally and physically for orthodontic treatment can make the process smoother and more enjoyable. Discuss the benefits of treatment, what to expect, and how their cooperation is key to achieving a beautiful smile. Celebrate milestones along the way to keep them motivated and engaged in their treatment.

If you’re considering braces for your child, or if it’s time for their first orthodontic evaluation, Davis Family Orthodontics is here to guide you. With a compassionate approach and a commitment to excellence, Dr. Laura Davis and her team are dedicated to transforming smiles and lives, one child at a time. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a healthier, happier smile for your child.

Transforming Smiles with Compassion and Expertise

At Davis Family Orthodontics, we believe in the power of a smile to change a child’s life. Guided by expertise, compassion, and a dedication to personalized care, we strive to make the orthodontic journey a positive and transformative experience for every family. Join us on this journey and witness the confidence and joy a beautiful smile can bring to your child.


  1. American Association of Orthodontists: Guidelines on early orthodontic evaluation and signs indicating the need for an assessment.
  2. Journal of Clinical Orthodontics: Research on the effectiveness of early orthodontic intervention and the impact of growth on treatment planning.
  3. Pediatric Dentistry Journal: Studies on the psychological effects of orthodontic treatment on children and the importance of parental involvement in the treatment process.
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Ready for Your New Smile?

Dr. Laura Davis and the staff at Davis Family Orthodontics are committed to maintaining the highest standards in orthodontic care and providing the best possible service to our patients. Our practice boasts state-of-the-art equipment and a caring, professional staff in a friendly, inviting environment.