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Your Top-Rated Orthodontist in
Charleston, SC, For Braces & Invisalign

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If you have noticed that your child’s permanent teeth are coming in crooked, you may wonder if it is time to consider braces for them. Early intervention of braces may help correct developmental problems with their teeth and jaws. As a parent, you may be thinking about early orthodontic treatment to address these issues, but are not sure what the right age is to start the process.

Interceptive Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment for children that are as young as six years old is called interceptive orthodontics. During this young age, the teeth and jaw are developing and as a result, your orthodontist or dentist may recommend an approach to intercept and treat specific conditions while it is easier to correct. A young child may need braces if they have the following issues:

  • Crowded, crooked or misplaced teeth
  • Spaces between their teeth
  • Extra teeth or missing teeth
  • Breathing through the mouth more than the nose
  • Problems with eating, chewing and biting
  • Protruding teeth
  • jaws and teeth are out of proportion
  • overbite, underbite or crossbite

For example, front teeth that protrude in young children are vulnerable while they are playing and unaware of the possibility that their surroundings may lead to losing a tooth. A simple fall may cause the tooth to be damaged or fractured. Crossbites are another issue that should be addressed in young children, since their jaw may grow unevenly.

Interceptive orthodontics for young children may aid in guiding the jaw to develop within a normal range and prevent future complications. Early braces may help move your child’s bones while they are still malleable and enable the jaw to expand to make more room for their permanent teeth. Early braces may not help all orthodontic issues but may help tremendously in the cases listed above.

Advantages of Early Intervention

Early orthodontic treatment may help your child avoid surgery or tooth extraction later on, and may prove to be less expensive, less painful and less time-consuming in the long run. Early intervention may be advantageous when a child is young since the child’s jaw is still in the process of developing. Appliances such as the palatial/arch expanders may aid in misaligned dental arches or jaws and improve facial symmetry. Early intervention may not negate the need for orthodontic treatment later on but may mitigate some of the treatment concerns in the future and result in a less complex and shorter duration in your orthodontic treatment.

Our expert Charleston County orthodontist and highly trained staff at Reese Orthodontics are eager to join you and your child on the journey to a healthier and happier smile. To request your appointment with our friendly and knowledgeable orthodontist Dr. Reese, please contact us.

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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
- Melanie C.
"Just awesome! Dr. Reese is the one to go to. He knows what he's doing and is great at what he does. Makes you feel like family every time you go visit. I can't get over how great my smile looks now. Definitely recommended."
- Harsha P.
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Reese Orthodontics.
Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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2057 Charlie Hall Blvd. STE D
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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).