Orthodontic Treatments,
For Children

When it comes to your children’s dental health, we recommend early assessments to review the type of orthodontic treatments they may need.

Benefits of Children's

Easily Adaptable

Treatments target the jaw early for quick results, eliminating the chance of future overcrowding.

Corrects Habits

Combats thumb or finger sucking habits which can affect the position of teeth later in life.

Prevents Damage

Early treatment lowers the chances of teeth damage by aligning protruding teeth properly. 

Quick Results

Early treatment improves your child’s teeth and jaw appearance as well as their oral health. 

Invisalign® First

Invisalign First is the next generation of Invisalign products, allowing growing patients to use the cutting-edge technology of Invisalign clear aligners to straighten their teeth.  

Designed for comfort, the Invisalign aligners are free from visible wires, making them easily removable for flossing and cleaning. A hassle free option for your child’s orthodontic treatments. 

Used for various corrections in adjusting the growing jaw, Invisalign has the ability to address a variety of orthodontic conditions. 


Braces today, are smaller, sleeker and a lot more attractive for orthodontic treatments.

At Donegal Orthodontics, we offer fixed-appliances as well as ceramic and clear brackets for those who don’t want the ‘metal’ appearance.  

While braces may have once seemed like the only option, with a variety of options available, even the youngest of patients can benefit from discreet treatments.

Orthodontic Treatments For Young Patients

As a specialist orthodontic service provider (Invisalign® Platinum Elite Provider), we have years of experience in treating children with all types of braces including clear aligners.

The Benefits of

Invisalign® First

Suitable To Treat a Variety of Treatments

Designed to treat a broad range of teeth straightening issues in growing children, from simple to complex, including crowding, spacing, and narrow dental arches.


Removable for easy hygiene, making it easier for growing children to brush and floss.


Designed for comfort – which means no discomfort from rubbing brackets or poking wires.


Most Frequently Asked Questions

Early orthodontic treatment is orthodontic work undertaken on young patients between the ages of 6 and 10.

The goal of children’s orthodontics is to instruct and develop a child’s jaw to make room for permanent teeth and improve their bite. 


The length of treatment is unique to each case and depends on the condition of your child’s teeth.

With children’s orthodontics, the earlier the treatment, the better and is best performed before permanent teeth start to make an appearance. 

Treatment can typically take between 9 and 18 months.

Your child’s first treatment will include a visual assessment of their bite and oral health.

We will discuss your child’s child’s habits, such as thumb and finger-sucking, as well as understand your orthodontic concerns. 

Based on the results of the first screening and x-rays, we will discuss the available treatment options and expected timeframes.

Applying pressure on the jaw in the early years, reacts quicker, yielding positive results throughout treatment.

The child’s mouth will change shape and improve alignment, bite, and spacing.

Early treatment can lead to better oral health in the long run, it has also be seen to improve a child’s confidence and self-esteem. 

Early orthodontic treatment is recommended when there is visible crowding, or the jaw displays a visible overbite. 

Orthodontic treatment is also beneficial when your child has a habit of frequent thumb-sucking or shows signs of breathing from the mouth rather than the nose.

In these cases, treatment is best performed early to prevent future problems. 


It is recommended children have their first orthodontic screening between 7 and 9 years of age. 

Early evaluation can identify any jaw irregularities and developmental complications that could require orthodontic treatment in the future. This is important to plan and time any treatment required for optimal results. 

Some treatments are best timed early – during mixed dentition (some milk teeth still present). Some treatments are best timed for early teenage years to use growth spurt as part of the therapy (early adult dentition, after milk teeth have been shed). 

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