Orthodontic Care
for Children & Adults

Boost your child’s confidence with a beautiful SPD smile!

As parents, we want to give our children every possible benefit to succeed in life. If there was one thing that was proven to boost confidence, increase success and improve future relationships, wouldn’t you find a way to give it them? Of course you would! Giving your child the opportunity to straighten their teeth and improve their bite is truly the gift of a lifetime and has never been easier or more affordable. Let us show you how we can make a bright smile and a bright future possible for your family.

  • When does your child need to see an Orthodontist
  • Giving your child a beautiful smile is the gift of a lifetime
  • Early intervention
  • Adolescent Orthodontic Care
  • Invisalign
  • How can I afford my child’s treatment?

When does your child need to see the Orthodontist

I’m often asked, “when does my child need to see an orthodontist?”  The American Association of Orthodontists recommends being evaluated at 7 years old.  While most seven year olds do not require treatment, being evaluated by an orthodontist while your child is transitioning to permanent dentition allows their eruptive process to be closely monitored and any issues promptly addressed.  Examining your child over their transitional period, allows us to individually tailor the timing of their orthodontic treatment as ideally as possible.  These are complimentary appointments and a great opportunity for you to get all of your dental questions answered.  Did I mention we have free ice cream?

Make your evaluation appointment today!  We can’t wait to see you!

Giving your child a beautiful smile is the gift of a lifetime

Today’s world is incredibly competitive.  Everyone is trying to find an edge to stand out amongst the crowd.  Did you know people with attractive smiles are promoted more often and are more successful than their counterparts?  Studies show that people with attractive smiles are perceived as 45% more likely to get a job, 58% more likely to be successful and 59% more likely to be wealthy.

We all want to give our kids the best jump start on life.  We research the best schools, spend hours at endless sporting events and nag them to do their homework.  In all the craziness of school-aged life, don’t neglect to address their smile.  Going through life with crooked teeth not only inhibits the function of your teeth, but effects their confidence and self-image.  Having a beautiful smile gives teens the confidence they need to tackle life’s challenges and aspire to accomplish their dreams.

Set your child up for success!  Call us today for a FREE consultation.


The detection and timing of treatment is critical. Having the teamwork of two dental specialists helps plan the “best time” and “best treatment” for our patients. The Doctors are here to hear your concerns and make recommendations for necessary treatment. Early care is the “stitch in time” philosophy. Sometimes this early care totally eliminates a problem that left untreated would just get worse with time. Other times, early care reduces the amount of later treatment and can provide a superior end result.

Adolescent Orthodontic Care

It seems that middle schoolers everywhere are commiserating about their teeth.  Why does orthodontic care seem to be a rite of passage for our middle schoolers?

Starting around age 10, the last remaining baby teeth begin to loosen and permanent teeth replace them.  By 12, most if not all, permanent teeth are in the mouth.  This conveniently corresponds with the pubertal growth spurt.  During this time, you’ll notice your child growing significantly in height.  The jaws are also a part of this rapid growth.  The presence of permanent teeth coordinated with jaw growth allow the maximum amount of input on both the dental and orthopedic components of Orthodontic treatment. In other words, it’s this time of great change that Dr. Katie is able to best mold their teeth and jaws into functional smiles and bites.

Our goal at Summerville Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is to provide the most effective and efficient treatment.  We take pride in properly timing treatment so that your kids have braces on for as LITTLE TIME AS POSSIBLE.  For the vast majority of people, this is right around the middle school years.  There are many issues and challenges that can be addressed much more simply and effectively during this time period versus waiting until even just high school.

Give your child the confidence to face the world with the power of a beautiful smile.  Call us today to set up an appointment to discuss your options.


It seems pretty amazing that a flimsy plastic tray could rearrange your teeth, doesn’t it?  How could something so clear and non-intrusive be effective?  We understand your concerns, but we can promise you that with a good treatment plan and your dedication, amazing things are possible with Invisalign.

There’s no question that Invisalign conveniently fits into your life.  You can brush your teeth the same, no worrying about getting food stuck in wires, no food restrictions, and they are invisible.  But are they too good to be true?  NO!

Invisalign is just a technology that gives orthodontists the ability to plan out how we want your teeth to move and what your final smile will look like.  After we create your personalized plan,  Invisalign “prints” the plan as a series of clear trays.  Each tray has a small prescribed bit of movement.  As you progress through the series of trays, your teeth follow this plan and move toward the goal.  Teeth move in response to light force over time, no matter where that force comes from, whether a kid’s thumbsucking habit, brackets and wires, or clear trays.  The key is continuous force of wearing aligners at least 22 hours a day.

In short, Invisalign is an extremely effective tool.  In some cases, it is even the treatment of choice. But its effectiveness relies on the skill and knowledge of the doctor designing your treatment and then your ability follow through.  Dr. Katie has had great success using Invisalign therapy in offices around the state.  She has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education specifically using aligner therapy and is confident in using this esthetic treatment choice to treat even the most complicated of issues.

Call us today and discuss your Invisalign options for both you or your child.

How can I afford my child’s treatment?

Ready for that perfect smile but not sure how to fit treatment into your budget?  There are so many options available to help make orthodontic treatment accessible and affordable for you and your family.  One option, is using a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) to finance your treatment.  These accounts allow you to use pre-tax dollars toward health care expenses such as orthodontics.  Using pre-tax dollars can save you more than $600 a year on orthodontic treatment!  If used in conjunction with orthodontic insurance, you could have little or no out of pocket expense.

Orthodontic insurance… Should you get it or not?  What kind should I get?  Does it really make a difference?  These are questions we hear over and over again in our office.  The insurance world can be tricky and orthodontic insurance is no different.  There are different companies, plans and even variations amongst employers.

Don’t assume that you must see a provider on the backroom list provided by your insurance company!  Most plans offer a one time lifetime benefit for each beneficiary, regardless of provider and there is no referral necessary to take advantage of orthodontic coverage.  Take control of your healthcare and choose the orthodontist you trust.

Questions about what insurance is the best for your family or when to start talking to your HR person?  We like to see patients as early as 7 years old, not only to monitor their growth and development, but also to help you tailor your insurance and FSA plan in order to maximize your benefit. At Summerville Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we will make sure you get the MOST out of your plan.  We won’t stop until we’ve read every line of your orthodontic plan so that treatment fits seamlessly into your budget.

Call us today to talk with us about treatment options so that you can set up your FSA/HSA and utilize this tax free benefit.

Whether you have insurance or an FSA/HSA, we want to help you make orthodontic care a possibility for your family.  We have a variety of interest-free payment plans that can be customized to suit you and your financial needs.  Do not be intimidated by what you assume may be too expensive.  Our patients are our priority and we will do everything we can to make our care work for you.  Our exams are completely complimentary.  Schedule yours today!

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