Smiles That Grow With You

At Dr. Matt Orthodontics in Beaverton, we believe in the power of a smile at every stage of life. With cutting-edge treatments designed for kids, teens, and adults, we're committed to transforming smiles and changing lives.

Orthodontics for Kids

Early Smile Care

Catching potential issues early is essential for crafting beautiful smiles that grow with your child.

Dr. Matt Orthodontics dedicates himself to identifying the early signs that your child might need orthodontic attention.

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When Should Your Child Visit
an Orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) suggests that children have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. By this age, a child's mouth has developed sufficiently to reveal early concerns with the jaw, bone structure, and the development or arrival of permanent teeth.

While dentists focus on the overall health of teeth and gums, including advice on brushing, flossing, and preventing cavities, orthodontists specialize in ensuring a proper bite and the functional harmony of teeth and jaws.

At Dr. Matt Orthodontics in Beaverton, we strongly advocate for early orthodontic evaluations. The window between 4 and 7 years old is crucial for detecting early warning signs and addressing certain conditions promptly, potentially avoiding more complex and expensive treatments later on.

Remember, early visits can uncover hidden issues, underscoring the importance of consulting with an orthodontist at a young age.

What Is Early Treatment (Phase I)?

After your child's first visit, Dr. Matt and our team at Dr. Matt Orthodontics in Beaverton might find that your little one is a perfect candidate for early treatment, also known as Phase 1.

This step is all about catching and addressing issues early on, setting the stage for a healthier smile as they grow. Phase 1, usually lasting about 8 to 12 months, includes special procedures that guide your child's face and jaw growth, ensuring perfect balance and alignment.

Once we wrap up Phase 1, we'll keep a close eye on your child's smile with regular check-ups, watching how their adult teeth come in. If needed, we'll talk about starting Phase 2 to straighten their teeth and fine-tune their bite.

Embracing Phase II

Children usually begin Phase 2 treatment between 11 and 14 years old, when most of their permanent teeth have arrived. Dr. Matt will craft a personalized treatment plan that fits your child's unique smile perfectly.

Smile Spies Club

Not ready for treatment just yet? No worries! We'll welcome your child into our Smile Spies Club, a free service tailored to their specific needs where we monitor their smile's progress every 3 to 12 months.

We'll make sure their teeth are coming in just as they should, keeping an eye on those baby teeth and how the adult ones are making their entrance.

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Signs Your Child May Need Orthodontic Treatment

Keep an eye out for these clues that it might be time to visit Dr. Matt Orthodontics:

  • Crowded or missing teeth
  • Early loss of baby teeth
  • Strain in facial muscles or lips
  • A narrow upper jaw
  • Underbite or deep overbite
  • Habitual thumb-sucking
  • Regular mouth breathing, snoring at night
  • Blocked or misplaced teeth
  • Jaws that seem too forward or too back
  • Teeth that don't line up right
  • Protruding front teeth
  • Trouble speaking, eating, or drinking

The Benefits of Early Treatment

Choosing early treatment for your child can make a world of difference. Here's how:

  • Makes room for adult teeth to come in smoothly
  • Prevents future tooth impaction
  • It may reduce tooth grinding.
  • Protects front teeth from damage
  • Helps prevent gum recession
  • Guides facial and jaw growth for a balanced look
  • Boosts your child's confidence
  • Early action may avoid the need for more serious procedures later on

Early treatment at Dr. Matt Orthodontics isn't just about creating beautiful smiles — it's about setting up your child for a healthier future.

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Orthodontics for Teens

Embracing Change Together

The teenage years are a pivotal time for orthodontic care. Whether it's their first dive into treatment or they're moving into Phase 2, Dr. Matt Orthodontics is here to guide your teen toward the confidence that comes with a brilliant smile.

A Journey to Self-Confidence

The teenage years are all about self-discovery, making impressions, and navigating the path to who they want to be. It's a time when comparing themselves to peers and searching for their place can bring a lot of changes and challenges. Add in the pressures of social media, and it's clear why feeling confident can sometimes be tough.

Here at Dr. Matt Orthodontics in Beaverton, we're more than just about straightening teeth. We're about crafting the smile your teen dreams of, boosting their confidence, and empowering them to shine during these formative years and beyond.

The Right Time for a Check-Up

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) advises a visit to an orthodontist by age seven. If your teen hasn't had their orthodontic check-up yet, now's the perfect time to book a consultation at Dr. Matt Orthodontics.

Typically, teens start their orthodontic journey between 11 and 14 years old, when most of their permanent teeth have come in.

Why Treat During the
Teen Years?

Orthodontic care in the teen years isn't just about a great look — it's crucial for oral health and well-being. Here's why it matters:

  • Health and appearance: Improves the health of teeth and gums and boosts personal confidence and self-esteem.
  • Social and academic benefits: A confident smile can enhance academic performance, social interactions, and participation in sports. Plus, getting braces during middle school often aligns with when many peers are also undergoing treatment.
  • Long-term oral health: Addressing issues like crooked teeth and bad bites early can prevent gum recession, bone loss, tooth decay, enamel wear, headaches, and TMJ/TMD pain in the future.
  • Effective treatment: Treating orthodontic concerns during these growth years allows for more efficient bite correction.

How Long Will Treatment Take?

Every teen's smile is unique, so treatment times vary. On average, creating custom smiles at Dr. Matt Orthodontics in Beaverton takes about 14 to 24 months. Simpler cases might wrap up in just six months, while more complex situations could extend up to 36 months.

Treatment Options for Teens

Dr. Matt Orthodontics offers a range of treatments tailored to fit your teen's needs, lifestyle, and schedule. From traditional braces to clear aligners, we'll find the perfect solution together.

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It's Time for a Smile Makeover

It's never too late to get the smile you've always wanted!

Many people think orthodontic treatment is only for kids, but actually, anyone can realign their teeth at any age, even if their dental health isn't what it used to be.

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Tailored Options for Every Smile

At Dr. Matt Orthodontics in Beaverton, we use the latest techniques and appliances to make your treatment as comfortable, convenient, and quick as possible.

  • Smile tune-up: Got a big event coming up? Whether it's a wedding, anniversary, or job interview, we offer quick and cost-effective solutions to straighten your teeth in six months or less.
  • Comprehensive treatment: For more extensive needs, we use clear aligners, metal braces, or clear braces to correct your teeth and bite within 12-24 months, depending on your case's complexity.
  • Re-treatment: If you've had orthodontic work before but your teeth have shifted, we can realign them with braces or clear aligners.
  • Dental restoration: Dealing with crowding or missing teeth? We can prepare your smile for implants, veneers, or crowns by aligning your teeth and creating the necessary space.
  • Surgical orthodontics: In some cases, jaw surgery might be needed. We collaborate with skilled oral surgeons to adjust your jaw and bite, setting the stage for your ideal smile.

"A large percentage of our patients are adults. It’s never too late to get a healthy, beautiful smile that will change your life."

- Dr. Matt