Braces for Kids in Woodbridge, VA and Manassas, VA 

Braces for Kids

Braces for Kids

Among different orthodontic treatments currently available, braces still tops the list as the best orthodontic option for most kids. At Signature Orthodontic, we offer a full range of orthodontic treatments to help kids and teens to get a healthy, perfectly aligned and stunning smile. Whether you’re looking to improve your child’s smile or correct more advanced bite misalignments, traditional braces can deliver beautiful results.

Why Kids Need Braces

Orthodontics is not only for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves an “off bite” (malocclusion). A malocclusion occurs as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment, and it can affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth, and feel about your smile.

Most common orthodontic problems include:


In an underbite, the lower jaw extends out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.


Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth or they may be only a cosmetic issue.

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by upper front teeth protrusion, which is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward.


Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion, and many times, tooth removal can be avoided.


In a crossbite, the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.


In an overbite, the upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.


Proper chewing is impacted by an openbite, which occurs when the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Openbites may be caused by habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.

Dental Midlines Not Matching

Dental midlines that do not match are evident when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately. This may negatively impact jaw and proper dental function.

What is the best age to get braces?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends every child see an orthodontist by age seven (7). While most kids will not need treatment at this age. painful and expensive bite problems can be fixed if they are discovered early.

Most kids will end up needing orthodontic treatment in their teens. If your child is over seven years old, bring them in for a free, no obligation consultation at Signature Orthodontics! We will evaluate your child’s bite and smile and give you an informed opinion on the best course of action for you.

How do Braces for Kids Work?

Braces move teeth through brackets and wires that place constant pressure on the mouth. This process starts with brackets that are glued to your child’s teeth. The adhesion process takes between one and two hours. Once the brackets are adhered, a wire is placed between them, allowing for the right pressure to be applied in the right places.

Every 4-6 weeks, your child will come in for a checkup and tightening. These appointments are to monitor the progress of the jaw and tooth alignment, and make any needed adjustments.

Your orthodontist may also prescribe rubber bands to help your child align their jaw if necessary.

The length of treatment for braces will vary based on your child’s age, the severity of their bite or smile problems, and how closely your child follows the guidelines we give them. To book an appointment please see our Woodbridge, VA and Manassas, VA office! 

How Much do Braces Cost?

For more information on our pricing and payment plans for braces, Invisalign and InBrace for kids and adults.

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If you want to learn more about aligning your child’s (or your own!) smile, complete the form below. We’ll schedule your orthodontic consultation and help make your smile more beautiful than it already is.

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  • Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Saturday: By appointment
  • Sunday: Closed

Early morning and late evening appointments available by request

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