Serving Children, Teens & Adults
Orthodontics Designed for Kids
As a parent in Tuscaloosa, we know you want nothing but the best for your child, and that absolutely includes a healthy smile.
Here at RiverView Orthodontics, we totally get your concerns, and we're here to provide outstanding orthodontic care for your little ones.
Dr. Mike Upton and the American Association of Orthodontists recommend that children in Tuscaloosa receive their first orthodontic evaluation around the age of seven. However, there's no minimum age for orthodontic treatment. Relax and rest assured—we'll treat your children like our own, offering them the exceptional care they deserve.
Finding the Perfect Time for Treatment
We know there's no one-size-fits-all for orthodontic treatment for kids. That's why we typically begin orthodontic treatment for Tuscaloosa children when they’re between the ages of 9 and 14.
Starting early can make corrections easier and smoother. Dr. Upton will take a good look at your child's unique needs and provide expert guidance on the best time to begin treatment. It's a strategic approach that helps us to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Minimize the risk of front teeth trauma
- Correct any not-so-healthy oral habits
- Boost your child's appearance and self-esteem
- Nudge permanent teeth into their ideal positions
- Create a harmonious smile that fits their face perfectly
Schedule Your Child's Orthodontic Check-Up by Age 7
By the time your child reaches the age of seven, their teeth have developed enough for Dr. Upton to spot any subtle issues with jaw growth and emerging teeth, even if some baby teeth are still hanging around. During this check-up, we might find that your child's bite is totally ok and your child doesn’t need braces at the moment.
On the other hand, Dr. Upton might spot a developing problem and recommend keeping an eye on your child's growth and development.
We'll start treatment at the right time for your little one if treatment is necessary. Early intervention can often tackle those potential problems much better at this stage.
Early Treatment for a Brighter Future
Early orthodontic treatment can be a game-changer. It has the potential to prevent or intercept more serious issues from rearing up, which means that future treatment will be shorter and less complicated.
Dr. Upton can work wonders during this early stage, and trust us, once the face and jaws have finished growing, it becomes a bit trickier.
Learn More at Your Child’s Free Consultation
If your child is experiencing any dental concerns, we'd love to invite you to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Upton. It's the perfect opportunity to chat about your child's orthodontic options and come up with a customized treatment plan that's just right for them.
Our ultimate goal is to give your child the confident and healthy smile they truly deserve. Contact our offices at RiverView Orthodontics today.
Orthodontics for Teens
You probably know that the teen years, typically between 12 and 16, are a common time for orthodontic treatment. Why?
Well, it's because most of their permanent teeth are in place by then.
If your teen has recently discovered that braces can give them a better smile, you're probably brimming with questions. Don't worry—Dr. Upton is here to help guide your child into a lifetime of confident smiles.
Here at RiverView Orthodontics, we understand the concerns that come with teenage orthodontic care. Thankfully, some new solutions make the treatment process much easier than ever.
Dr. Upton, our experienced orthodontist, has a keen eye for spotting spacing issues, crowding, bite problems, and alignment concerns in teenagers. Plus, your teen's bone and jaw structure have developed enough to kickstart orthodontic treatment. It's a great time to take action.
Some teens might have already undergone Phase I treatment at an earlier age, and now they're ready for full braces or other orthodontic treatment. It's all part of their full journey towards a fantastic smile at RiverView Orthodontics.
Beyond just appearances, untreated dental problems can actually have long-lasting effects on your teen's oral and overall health. That's why investing in their smile today is a wise decision.
Invest in Your Teen's Smile Today
Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your child's future. By scheduling a free consultation with Dr. Upton, you can explore the amazing benefits of treatment together. We'll also discuss any risks associated with delaying or skipping treatment because we want you to make an informed decision.
Why wait? While adults can certainly undergo successful orthodontic treatment, teens often experience quicker responses from their jaws and teeth, which can shorten their overall treatment time.
So, let's give your teen a smile they'll be proud of at RiverView Orthodontics.
Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for children and teens. Believe it or not, one in every five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21.
That means you're never too old to benefit from orthodontic care at RiverView Orthodontics. Learn more about why adults are jumping coming to see Dr. Upton.
Orthodontic treatment can be a game-changer for adults, correcting those crooked teeth or spaces that have made you self-conscious for years. Imagine the confidence and pride that come with having a straight smile you can't help but show off.
Your Teeth Can Shift
Think your teeth stopped moving once you hit adulthood? Unfortunately, teeth can still shift later in life. That's why you may experience jaw pain, trouble brushing, or be unhappy with your smile. But don't worry, Dr. Upton can help.
Maintaining Dental Health
Leaving misaligned teeth untreated can lead to a host of dental problems, including tooth decay and gum disease. You might also find it difficult to chew properly or notice abnormal wear on your teeth. Let's get those teeth aligned for a healthier mouth.
Adult Orthodontics FAQ
Never Too Late for a Great Smile
Are you ready to embark on your journey to a healthy new smile? Schedule your free consultation with us today.
Dr. Upton will discuss your orthodontic options and develop a customized treatment plan that caters to your unique needs and smile goals. Your confident and beautiful smile awaits at RiverView Orthodontics.