Exceptional Early Intervention Orthodontics in Dickson & Fairview, TN


orthodontics for kidsAt Island Breeze Orthodontics, we know how much you value the health and beauty of your child's smile. Early intervention orthodontics involves diagnosing and treating various dental misalignment and jaw issues as your child develops. We provide quality orthodontic treatments in Dickson and the surrounding areas to create straighter smiles for lasting health and aesthetic benefits.

With a licensed orthodontist on staff, we utilize advanced dental technology to provide convenient and comprehensive orthodontic care for children, teens, and adults. Our dentist, Dr. Keith Payton, DDS specializes in getting children started with proactive orthodontic treatments that meet nearly any need. Contact us to schedule your consultation today!


Effective Orthodontics for Kids in Dickson, TN

At Island Breeze Orthodontics, we offer customized orthodontics to handle dental alignment issues from an early stage. Our treatment plans can resolve dental misalignment, uneven jaw formation, and bite issues. With orthodontics, we can treat mild to complex forms of the following:

  • Underbites
  • Overbites
  • Overjet (protrusion)
  • Crooked, rotated, or crowded teeth
  • Sizable gaps between teeth
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

Our dentist begins with a detailed consultation to understand any genetic, lifestyle, or dietary factors that could be impacting your child's dental health. We take time to evaluate your kid's teeth, gums, and jaws with panoramic x-rays to help craft precise treatment recommendations.

Why Your Child Might Need Early Intervention

Early orthodontic intervention is essential for creating a solid foundation for optimal dental development. The primary purpose of early orthodontic care is to fix bite, jaw, and dental alignment issues while they're still minor. Typically, early intervention creates room for permanent adult teeth to grow correctly and minimize the need for extensive treatments in the future. Additionally, early intervention can prevent the need for tooth extractions or surgery down the road.

When planning treatment, our dentist works closely with you to determine the right treatment for improving your child's oral health while there is sufficient time to guide growth.

With early orthodontic treatment, our dentist can correct common dental issues and accomplish the following goals:

  • Promote proper jaw growth and dental development
  • Achieve straighter, healthier teeth
  • Address poor oral health habits
  • Enhance the appearance of teeth and facial features
  • Reduce or eliminate chewing, biting, and speaking complications

Phase I Treatment With Limited Interception

Early treatment, or Phase I orthodontics, begins around age seven. However, orthodontic care can begin earlier depending on your child's needs. By the age of seven, we are able to assess key events in your child's dental development, such as losing baby teeth and growing new adult teeth. Our goal is to monitor how your child is growing and the placement of their teeth. Habits like thumb sucking, for example, can cause teeth to flare out, and this is something we aim to prevent. We also look out for crowding teeth or teeth stacked onto each other.

Our pediatric dentist employs various orthodontic appliances during the early treatment phase. Depending on your child's unique needs, we may recommend the following appliances:

  • Headgear
  • Specialized retainers
  • A limited phase of braces (for selected teeth)
  • Functional appliances
  • Expansion appliances
  • Space maintainers

Although your child could benefit from orthodontic care at a later age, early intervention is necessary if dental development is headed in the wrong direction. Our dentist employs innovative techniques and modern orthodontic tools to help your kid achieve healthy alignment. After the initial phase of treatment, we allow a resting period before moving on with the second phase, which finalizes orthodontic care.

Phase II Orthodontics to Complete Alignment

early orthodontic treatmentOnce Phase I of your child's orthodontic treatment is complete, a rest period will follow. It's essential to give your kid's permanent adult teeth adequate time to emerge correctly and naturally. However, your child may still need to wear a retainer or other appliances during the resting phase. Also, our dentist will need to monitor your child through regular dental checkups.

Once your child's adult teeth have fully emerged, we begin the second phase of orthodontic treatment. Phase II orthodontics involves customizing treatment to accomplish optimal and long-lasting dental alignment. The treatment plan usually begins around age 11-12 and extends up to four years. Our Phase II orthodontics typically focuses on creating and maintaining correct alignment, spacing, and function. Our dentist usually accomplishes that with braces, but the specific type of appliance and treatment time will depend on your child's unique needs.

Your Trusted Orthodontist in Dickson, TN

At Island Breeze Orthodontics, we understand the critical role dental health plays in your child's development. Our team offers pediatric dentistry and orthodontic treatment to help children achieve their best smiles. We can address a myriad of dental issues with early orthodontic intervention in Dickson, including stacked teeth, crooked teeth, deep bites, abnormally growing teeth, underbites, and more. Contact our dental office to schedule a visit today!