Published on May 3, 2016, Updated on August 20, 2020
Child Orthodontics Erie Treatment Philosophy
Looking for a specialist in child orthodontics in Erie, Colorado? You’ve found one! Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics offers free orthodontic consultations for children, teenagers and adults. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children have their first orthodontic visit between the ages of 7 and 8. Having an examination early-on helps prevent the progression of orthodontic issues that may be present. In cases where orthodontic issues are developing, these early visits with Dr. Hardy can help with both early detection as well as prompt treatment. When certain orthodontic problems (such as underbite or crossbite) are left untreated, these conditions can become more severe complicating issues and can lengthen the overall treatment time needed to correct them. Early detection and treatment is vital for good oral health and for maintaining a beautiful smile.
Clear Colorful Braces
At our office, we offer you Clarity™ ADVANCED Ceramic Braces by 3M — a revolutionary system designed specifically to help achieve a beautiful, life-changing smile in a beautiful, life-changing way. Clear braces coupled with color bands stand out like no other option on the market today. Because ceramic brackets are white already, when you add on color bands, it really adds some pizzazz to your smile. We believe wearing braces should be fun! Clear braces make it fun! Not only are clear colorful braces more fun, but they also decrease the risk of demineralization from bonding agents and brackets! Learn about all your design options and the other benefits of Clarity™ ADVANCED Ceramic Braces from our friendly staff at Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics.
First Orthodontic Appointment by Age 7
Although many orthodontists start orthodontic treatment with children when they only have a few adult teeth, studies have shown that only certain cases necessitate treatment this early on. Dr. T.C. Hardy practices a conservative approach to orthodontic treatment, to prevent you and your children from unnecessary dental work that takes your time and your resources prematurely. It’s important for children to have an early orthodontic assessment to look for serious dental concerns around age 7. However, the majority of children will not require orthodontic treatment before age 11.
Benefits of Child Orthodontics Erie, Colorado
Even if you do not detect any dental issues with your child and/or your child does not show any signs or symptoms of orthodontic complications, there are still many advantages you can benefit from by visiting an orthodontist at an early age such as:
- Monitoring the progress of incoming teeth
- Monitoring the progress of facial and jaw development (which reduces the risk of jaw surgery)
- The chance to guide incoming teeth into their ideal position
- The detection of hidden dental problems
- Reduce the risk of future impacted teeth
- Reduce the risk of permanent tooth extractions
The Importance of a Confident Smile
At Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we understand that a person’s smile can directly affect how they feel about themselves and how they perceive others feel about them. First and foremost, we want your child’s mouth to be a healthy, functioning mouth. Second, we want your child to love their smile so much that they want to share it with others. Orthodontic treatment does not have to be an uncomfortable time of life for your child. Some children really embrace having braces while others are self-conscious about having braces on their teeth.
Types of Braces
We offer several aesthetic dentistry options that can render your child’s braces practically invisible. The clear brackets can be customized to mimic the color of your child’s teeth and blend in. Other children enjoy the ability to introduce color to their smile with colored bands. Invisalign and Invisalign Teen offer a clear braces alternative through the use of removable aligners. During your consultation with Dr. T.C. Hardy, we can discuss with you what option you feel will work best for you and your child. One other thing to note, for very special events (weddings, school photos, etc.) the wire used for traditional braces can be removed for an almost invisible look. We offer the latest technology in dental braces, including KLOwen Braces. This software system allows us to design your perfect smile, then create custom brackets and precision wiring to correct your bite in a shorter time.
What Can I Expect?
At Hardy Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we understand the importance of helping young patients develop healthy attitudes about visiting dental professionals and know that the first impressions they form will stick with them. Dr. Hardy and our friendly Orthodontics staff are gentle and comforting with our young patients who often have apprehensions about visiting a dental office. Our goal is to practice an open, compassionate dialogue with them so they can feel comfortable and safe. With the exciting advances in the field of orthodontics, we are confident that we can offer your child or teen aesthetically-minded treatment options to help our younger patients feel less self-conscious about their orthodontic treatment. Through patient education we help establish good dental habits in our young patients that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.
Why Should I Choose Dr. T.C. Hardy?
Choosing who will be responsible for your child’s oral health is not an easy task, but is definitely a decision you want to take some time with. Dr. Hardy earned advanced specialty training in orthodontics and has extensive experience correcting misaligned teeth, adjusting occlusion (the way the teeth fit together), and treating jaw disorders. We also participate in continuing education and training in the most modern technology available so that you can be confident your children are getting the best diagnostic and treatment tools available. Our office offers more orthodontic treatment selections than your average orthodontist, especially with our unique capability of offering you the new Incognito Lingual Braces. These are hidden braces attached behind the teeth that straighten your smile. Dr. Hardy and his staff have proven themselves in their ability to work well with children of all ages to give them that one-on-one attention that they deserve. We strive to provide children with a positive experience, while simultaneously giving them smiles they will love to share with others.
Schedule a Child Orthodontics Consultation in Erie
If you have questions about child orthodontics or if you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. T.C. Hardy, please contact our office today at 720-887-6003!