Kids Orthodontist in Lee's Summit & Harrisonville

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Kids Orthodontics at Hansen Orthodontic Specialists

As Dr. Hansen grew up in her father’s pediatric dental practice in Wichita, KS, children’s’ orthodontic care has always been fun for Dr. Hansen. Even though most of our younger patients do not need treatment for several years, our team is happy to see them for free. We have events for kids and many fun in-office contests to keep kids busy.

Our doctors have attended hundreds of hours of continuing education to make sure we are providing exceptional care for our youngest patients. We care that your son or daughter feels comfortable and informed throughout their entire visit.

Success Stories

Dr. Hansen and her staff go above and beyond to make you comfortable and to keep you updated and informed on the care that your child is receiving! The fact that the office is so neat is just a bonus! I could not imagine going anywhere else for orthodontics!!!

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the right age to see an orthodontist?

Choosing an orthodontist at the right time is an important decision, but how late is too late? According to the American Association of Orthodontics and the American Dental Association, children should visit the orthodontist by the age of seven. Although this seems early, orthodontists are specialists at detecting abnormal dental development. Most often, our doctors will choose to defer treatment until much later in the child’s life, but occasionally, interceptive treatment is needed to avoid serious dental problems. As always, our doctors are conservative with their treatment planning and provide all growth and development observation appointments at no cost.

Why is age seven the perfect time for an orthodontic visit?

As stated above, dental professionals (orthodontists and non-orthodontists, alike) recommend that the correct time to first visit the orthodontist is age seven…but why? By the time a child reaches age seven, significant dental development has already taken place. Their six year molars have erupted and dental occlusion (how teeth fit together) of permanent teeth is becoming more important. In addition, by the age of seven, children have already started the development of all permanent teeth which Dr. Hansen examines at each appointment. This film can help our doctors analyze the overall health of the child’s teeth.

What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

-Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
-Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
-Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
-Preserving space for unerupted teeth
-Reducing the need for tooth removal
-Reducing treatment time with braces

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