Braces + Dentistry for Children and Teens

Questions From Moms & Dads Like You

If you are looking for a dentist or orthodontist for your child, you probably have some questions about how the process works and what treatments are available. Rest assured, we are here to answer some common pediatric dentistry questions in Kansas City, Liberty, and Raymore, MO, to help guide you on your child’s journey to optimal dental and orthodontic health. Read below to find out more.

Pediatric Dentistry FAQ

What is a pediatric dentist?

Pediatric dentists have additional dental training to keep children’s needs in mind. A pediatric dentist understands that your child’s first dental experience will impact how they view dentists for the rest of their life, so they take extra care to make it a comfortable, enjoyable, and fun experience.

Why should I choose a pediatric dentist?

A pediatric dentist knows how to approach dental care from a child’s perspective and has specific experience in childhood dental development. With this special knowledge and experience, a pediatric dentist can more accurately diagnose and treat your child to prepare them for a lifetime of great dental health.

Can babies really get cavities?

Yes! While many people aren’t aware of this, it is possible for babies to get cavities. As their teeth erupt, food and debris can get caught between them, just the same as an adult. That’s why it’s crucial to have a pediatric dentist to turn to in case your child develops symptoms of cavities.

When should I bring my child to a pediatric dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend that the first dental visit should take place by the time your child is one year old or once their first tooth has erupted, whichever happens first. Prevention is the best treatment.

What happens during a consultation?

During your child’s consultation, we will examine their teeth and jaws to confirm proper development and health. The exam is all on a child’s level — their comfort is our priority. We can alert you to ways to help your child avoid tooth decay and schedule routine checkups so we can continue to treat your child’s teeth as they mature through their teen years.

How much does pediatric dental care cost?

One of the first questions most parents have when it comes to bringing their child to a pediatric dentist is: does it cost more? Bringing your child to a pediatric dentist typically does not cost you any more money than if you brought them to a general dentist. In fact, you will most likely save money, as we can detect issues early and prevent them from becoming more serious down the road.

When should my child first see the orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child gets their first orthodontist checkup by age seven. Some orthodontists begin treatment much sooner than that. We do not. Why? Because years of research and experience show that most children gain nothing by beginning treatment before second grade. Rarely, a family dentist or physician recommends that we see a younger child in order to assess them. Usually, parents who bring their young kids to us for an evaluation often sigh with relief to hear that treatment can wait for a while. If you feel unsure about your own child, please contact us for more information.

Can we put off treating our child?

We cannot make your decisions, but we strongly recommend you never put off treatment if your child needs it. In doing so, you’ll risk your young one needing extractions or surgery later in life to completely fix their smile. For best results, we recommend that your child has a full evaluation by their 7th birthday. We offer the initial consultation for free, as it is crucial to get expert advice about treatment needs, options, and timing before making this important investment. Request an appointment today.

Will my child still be able to enjoy the foods and activities they love?

We have a variety of braces to recommend that will fit your child’s lifestyle. Some are removable, and some stay fixed in place. If you choose fixed braces for a child who plays sports, they will need a mouth guard to protect their new smile. Kids who play wind instruments usually adjust to braces quickly and easily. A child who wears fixed braces will need to avoid hard and sticky foods, and they will need to cut fruits and veggies into sticks and wedges. Bear in mind that we have a variety of treatment options, including virtually invisible braces.

Will other school kids make fun of my child?

Braces have become a way of life for so many, that most children now view them as a rite of passage on their way to teen years. Many kids actually think braces are “cool.” Please check out these video testimonials to hear what our young patients have to say.

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To learn more about ways our friendly Burleson orthodontists can help give your child the smile they’ve been dreaming of, call us at 816-281-3570 to set up an appointment, request an appointment online, or simply reach out via our online contact form. At Burleson Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, we offer a variety of treatment options for straight teeth in our Kansas City, Liberty, and Raymore, MO, orthodontic offices.

How long will my child need to wear braces?

Our short answer is, “it depends.” Most children wear braces for 1-2 years. After they come off, we will fit your child with a special retainer to ensure they keep their best smile.

I heard there are things you can’t eat with braces on. Is that right?

This really depends on the brand and style of braces your child gets. They may need to avoid hard and sticky foods so that their braces don’t get damaged. Keep eating fruits and veggies. Just cut carrots, apples, and similar foods into strips or wedges. With some styles of braces, they’ll never need to worry about how to eat the foods they enjoy.

Will my child feel pain?

Mainly, your child won’t feel pain at their appointments. After we adjust their braces, their mouth may feel a little sore – usually just for the next 4 or 5 days. The treatments and care we provide help to reduce any pain to a minimum. Check out these video testimonials from young adults describing what it felt like for them.

Will a new smile make my child happy?

We can never promise happiness, but we know this: every person we’ve ever taken braces off of ended up smiling from ear to ear. Some of them shout out with joy and give us a hug. Most of them can’t wait to show their friends. Take a look at these amazing, real-life before and after images and decide for yourself:

To learn more about ways our friendly Burleson orthodontists can help give your child the smile they’ve been dreaming of, give our office a call at 816-281-3570 to set up an appointment, request an appointment online, or simply reach out via our online contact form. At Burleson Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, we offer a variety of treatment options for straight teeth in our Kansas City, Liberty, and Raymore, MO, orthodontic offices.

If your child is experiencing an orthodontic emergency that can’t wait for regular office hours, you may contact our on-call emergency staff at 816-281-3570. Please follow the prompts given by our automated attendant so that you can be directed to the emergency call center.