With pediatric dentistry and orthodontics under one roof, we make coordinating your child’s smile needs easy and convenient.
Straight Teeth, Healthy Bites, Happy Kids
At The Beach House Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we offer high quality orthodontic care for children and teenagers in a fun, joyful atmosphere. Our board-certified orthodontist Dr. Shadow Asgari is a specialist in preventing, diagnosing and treating misalignment of the teeth and jaws. She uses modern technology and treatments, including braces, clear aligners and phase 1 orthodontic appliances to create strong, confident smiles that will last a lifetime.
At what age should my child have an orthodontic evaluation?
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends kids have their first orthodontic screening by age 7. At this time, the teeth and jaws are developed enough that the orthodontist can see if there will be any serious bite problems in the future. In most cases, treatment won’t be needed right away, and we’ll simply keep an eye on your child’s development until the time is right for braces or clear aligners.
Promotes excellent oral health
Straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing your child’s risk of cavities and gum disease. Proper alignment also helps prevent excessive wear and bone loss.
Boosts kids’ confidence
Having a healthy, beautiful smile they’re not afraid to show off will give your child confidence that carries over into all areas of their life.
Creates a strong bite
Bringing the jaws, teeth, temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and chewing muscles into ideal alignment, wards off pain and dysfunction, and creates a strong, functional bite.
What we offer
Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment
If certain emerging issues are identified, Dr. Shadow may recommend early interceptive orthodontics, or phase 1 treatment, while your child’s skeleton is still growing and flexible. During phase 1 treatment, Dr. Shadow uses an orthodontic appliance, such as a palatal expander, to guide jaw growth and make room for the permanent teeth to erupt as straight as possible.
Correcting skeletal problems at a younger age will make phase 2 treatment in the teen years easier and faster. It can also help kids avoid the need for extractions or corrective jaw surgery down the road.
Braces have been around for a long time and are still the most commonly used orthodontic appliance today, because the treatment is super effective for issues ranging from mild to complex. And, since braces are bonded to the teeth, you won’t have to worry about your child losing them.
A lot of our patients love the metal braces we offer, because they can choose colorful elastics at each appointment. If your teen isn’t into the idea of visible brackets, we also have clear braces. The clear ceramic brackets blend in with your child’s smile, making them less noticeable.
Clear aligner treatment is an under-the-radar alternative to braces that doesn’t involve brackets and wires.
Dr. Shadow designs your child’s treatment on a digital, 3D model of their mouth and a series of custom clear aligners is created according to her specifications. Your teen will wear the removable aligners about 22 hours per day, only taking them out to eat, brush and floss their teeth, and drink most beverages.