Braces For Children And Teens | Orthodontist in Granada Hills, CA | TLC for Smiles

Orthodontics for children and teens

At TLC for Smiles, we specialize in creating beautiful, straight and healthy smiles that last for a lifetime. Children and teens ages 7-17 love our friendly, beachy office. Our staff is highly trained in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics and we are confident you’ll be satisfied with the care we provide.


Kid’s Club and Orthodontic
Reward Program

We like to make dentistry and orthodontics FUN for the whole family. Kids can earn points by coming to appointments, brushing their teeth, taking care of their orthodontic equipment, wearing cool apparel, and more. With their points, they become eligible for all sorts of prizes and rewards.

Kid’s Club and Orthodontic Rewards

Braces for children and teens

Experience you can trust

Our orthodontists have been working with children and teens successfully for years. With special training post-dental school in orthodontics and pediatric dentistry, our orthodontists offers comprehensive care and outstanding results to her young patients.

Meet our doctors

Braces for children and teens

Treatment options for
children and teens

We provide customized treatment plans for children ages 7-17 who need orthodontic care. Most children under 10 don’t require early intervention treatments, but we like to meet them early so they can be screened for potential orthodontic issues. Our top priority is to support them in growing healthy, happy, functional adult teeth.

Young teenagers are at a great age for starting braces or Invisalign® treatment. Because their jaws are still developing, we can more easily correct their bite and fix crooked or crowded teeth and unwanted gaps.

Braces for children and teens

Does my child/teen need braces?

Here are a few signs that your child may benefit from orthodontic care:

  • Bite abnormalities (underbite, overbite, crossbite)
  • Crowded teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Gaps, spacing
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Bruxism (grinding, may happen during sleep)
  • Trouble chewing, biting, or swallowing
  • Speech issues
  • Remaining baby teeth
  • Adult teeth that haven’t erupted
  • Extra teeth

Some orthodontic issues are more subtle. Our orthodontist will be able to do a thorough examination when you bring your child into our office. From there, we will make personal recommendations and give you all the options available.

Problems to watch in 7 year old children

Braces for children and teens

Metal braces

Some parents prefer traditional metal braces for their children. Luckily, metal brackets are smaller, more discreet, and more effective than ever thanks to constantly improving orthodontic technology. With colorful rubber bands and bracket options, your child can show off their favorite colors or match their school’s sports team. Our traditional braces come from top-brand providers with proven results records.

Metal braces

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces work similarly to metal braces but are designed with clear or tooth-colored ceramic material. Most kids and teens love our ceramic options because they are more discreet.

Ceramic braces

Invisalign® for teens

If your child is resistant to braces because of the social repercussions, Invisalign® clear aligners might be the perfect solution. The Invisalign® system uses clear, plastic, customized aligners that are virtually invisible and easy to use. They are also our #1 recommendation for those who regularly engage in contact sports. Aligners are safer than braces for athletes who have a high risk of trauma to the mouth. Teens love Invisalign® clear aligners because they are inconspicuous, comfortable, and removable during meals.

More about Invisalign® for teens

Invisalign® for teens

It all starts with a
no-obligation consultation

One of our orthodontists will meet with you and your child to explore what orthodontic issues need to be addressed, discuss treatment options, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. With most insurance plans, this initial consultation is completely free. The consultation includes:

  • A comprehensive clinical exam
  • X-rays or 3D iTero scans, as needed
  • Facial photos and intraoral photos, as needed
  • A conversation with our Treatment Coordinator about treatment plans, payment, and financing options
  • A customized treatment plan from the Specialist Orthodontist

Come discover the cutting-edge orthodontic care we provide children and teens at TLC for Smiles.

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