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Orthodontics
Braces can be a scary, painful and expensive time in a child's life. At Happy Kids, our approach to orthodontics is fun, thorough and transparent. We believe in monitoring our patient's oro-facial development from their early years. Instead of jumping straight to braces, we like to modify the growth and development of every individual's teeth. Then, if the time comes and braces are needed, we will re-evaluate to make the best plan.

One more thing that makes Happy Kids stand out is how we care for your teeth during your time with braces. While we strive to keep the alignment of teeth a top priority, we also focus on preventing cavities. All cleaning appointments are scheduled in conjunction with orthodontic checkups to maximize efficiency and give our dentists access to better clean our patient's teeth. Ultimately, we're saving everyone a lot of time running between appointments that typically occur with traditional orthodontic care!
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Why chose braces at HKD?
Here at Happy Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics, we monitor a child's oro-facial development from their early years.
Early v/s late treatment
Families often ask us why some children start their dental treatment so early and how early is really too early these days.
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Please print and fill out the following forms, then bring them to your appointment. This tool not only saves you time but also allows you to be able to skip this step during check-in, so you can enjoy time with your child in the reception area and speed up your appointment time!

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Emergency info
Call our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office - by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.
Loose brackets or bands
Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you.
Wire irritations
Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.
Lost separators
Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.
Discomfort with orthodontic treatment
During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm washcloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.
FAQs
What is an ortho consult?
An ortho consult is an appointment where your pictures are taken, measurements, and any X-rays that may be needed. Then you review them with the doctor, who then goes over the tentative treatment plan, and you're presented by our financial coordinator with different financial options.
What insurances are accepted for braces?
Almost all major insurances are accepted including state (This requires pre-authorization).
What to expect at records appointment?
Depending on patients needs, upper and lower impressions are taken and separating elastics are placed around the six year old molars. Cephalometric x-ray and wax bite will be taken as well. Some ibuprofen is recommended to help with some mild discomfort patient might experience.
What to expect at bracketing appointment?
Teeth are first cleaned and then bands and brackets are placed. Wires are then secured using different colored elastics. This is then followed by new pictures. The patient is given detailed after-care instructions. The patient might experience some slight discomfort, so ibuprofen is recommended for the first couple of days. Goody bags containing there complimentary Sonicare toothbrushes and t-shirts among other things are given at this appointment.
What are the scheduling intervals?
Patients are seen every 6-8wks until otherwise specified by the doctor. If the patient receives their professional cleaning every six months at happy kids, we schedule those along with their ortho checks ups.
What to expect during braces?
We recommend getting dental checkups and cleanings with us or your regular dentist at all times during orthodontic treatment. Oral hygiene is to be maintained meticulously at all times to prevent cavities.
When do braces come off?
Depending on the case and dentition, it may finish sooner or later than the timeframe given at the beginning of the case. The doctor takes a decision when it's time to remove braces. Another goody bag is given at this appointment.