Orthodontics for Children, Teens, and Adults

Orthodontics is our passion. We love giving you and your family amazing, lifelong smiles.

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At Kuzmic Orthodontics, we believe that everyone should get quality orthodontic care and a beautifully aligned smile. Our office offers a range of orthodontic services for children, teenagers, and adults because we recognize that children, teens, and adults require different levels of attention and care. We can help boost your self-confidence and improve your quality of life through successful orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontics for Children (Phase 1)

As parents, you want the best oral health for your child. We’re here to give your children the best possible orthodontic care by ensuring your child’s growth and development are healthy. If you child has any indication of a skeletal or dental problem that is best treated early, then Dr. Kuzmic will provide early, interceptive treatment to:

  • Guide the symmetrical growth of your child’s jaws
  • Lower the risk of trauma to front teeth that stick out too far
  • Correct harmful oral habits such as thumb sucking
  • Improve their appearance and self-esteem if they are having trouble at school
  • Guide the eruption of the permanent teeth

Unless your child requires one of these interceptive treatments, then treatment can wait until all of the permanent teeth are in. We take pride in not overprescribing early treatment when the problems can be fixed during one phase later on.


Frequently Asked Questions

Phase I treatment should only take 12 months or less, unless there is an extreme situation requiring more time (such as a deeply impacted tooth, cleft lip/palate, or other craniofacial medical condition). Phase I treatment is very focused on a particular problem, and once that problem is resolved, treatment is ended and the patient is observed until they are ready for comprehensive treatment. This is to prevent children spending their entire childhood in braces.

Yes, 99% of Phase I cases require Phase II treatment. This is because it is extremely unlikely that the permanent teeth will erupt into a perfect alignment and bite. Phase I is intended to prevent major asymmetries, trauma, impactions, and severely malaligned teeth that would make comprehensive treatment way harder or less ideal, but it is rarely a substitute for it. This is why we do our best to only prescribe Phase I treatment when it is absolutely necessary, as two phases of treatment can be expensive and time consuming.

Every child who had to have Phase I treatment at Kuzmic Orthodontics will get a discount on their Phase II treatment.

Orthodontics for Teenagers

Your child’s teen years (between the ages of 11 and 17) are considered the most common time for orthodontic problems to emerge. This is because your child’s permanent teeth will be in place, and problems such as overextended spacing, crowding, poor bite alignment, and insufficient jaw structure. Teens that have started their Phase 1 treatment need to follow up with full braces treatment to prevent problems from occurring and focus our efforts on realigning the teeth.

If you’ve noticed any early warning signs of dental problems, getting a complimentary consultation with Dr. Kuzmic can help address many common issues seen through your child’s early teen years, including:

  • Early, late, or irregular loss of their baby teeth
  • Difficulty with biting or chewing
  • Crowding or extra spaces between teeth
  • Jaws that shift or make clicking sounds
  • Frequent cheek biting
  • Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all when smiling
  • Jaws and teeth out of proportion with facial features
  • Protrusion of teeth leads to a higher risk of trauma

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Orthodontics for Teenagers

Between the ages of 11 and 17 is when most patients undergo comprehensive orthodontic treatment as they typically have all of their permanent teeth in, and they are experiencing the greatest jaw growth. Dr. Kuzmic takes advantage of this period of rapid growth to make treatment most efficient and effective. He likes to start patients around the ages of 11 to 13 (girls earlier than boys) so that patients do not have appliances on late into high school. At this age, Dr. Kuzmic comprehensively treats every orthodontic issue to create that smile and bite that everyone needs as they prepare for adulthood.

We Fix:

  • Crowding
  • Spacing
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Deep Bites
  • Open Bites
  • Crossbites
  • Gummy Smiles
  • Reverse Smiles
  • Impacted Teeth
  • Missing Teeth
  • Jaw Relationships
  • And more!
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does treatment take?

Typical cases take between 18 and 30 months, depending on the difficulty. After Dr. Kuzmic has had a chance to review your records and develop your individualized treatment plan, he will tell you your estimated treatment time. Diligent brushing and flossing, as well as following Dr. Kuzmic’s instruction, will ensure that your treatment is completed in a timely and predictable manner.

Does Orthodontic Treatment hurt?

Just like you are sore the next day after a workout, your teeth will be mildly sore after new wires or aligners are given. That’s because the teeth moving through the jaws requires inflammation! That being said, the soreness is mild and goes away after a few days. Dr. Kuzmic primarily uses light, continuous forces to help create the most pain-free experience possible.

How often are my appointments?

Dr. Kuzmic will typically see you every 4-6 weeks depending on what stage you are in your treatment. In the beginning stages, your appointments may be as much as 8 weeks apart, at the end, they may be as close as 4 weeks apart.

Orthodontics for Adults

Everyone deserves a smile they can be proud of, and many achieve straightened, well-aligned teeth after undergoing orthodontic treatment as a child. But for adults who did not have the privilege of having orthodontics as a teenager, or had some relapse since they got their braces off, orthodontics is still an option. In fact, there is no such thing as being too old for orthodontic treatment. More adults than ever are seeking straighter teeth for both professional and personal reasons. And braces aren’t becoming popular for cosmetic reasons alone. Rather, many adults are realizing the long-term oral health benefits associated with having straighter teeth:

  • Preventing or improving periodontal problems
  • Preventing or reducing further bone loss around teeth
  • Improves the chances of restoring missing teeth
  • Improving your aesthetics for a better smile
  • Improving the function of your teeth
  • Improving your oral hygene

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! In fact, 25-30% of all orthodontic patients are adults.

No, at Kuzmic Orthodontics we offer virtually unnoticeable Clarity Advanced Braces and Clarity Aligners.

When done properly, adult orthodontic treatment can feel seamless, comfortable, and lead to life changing results. That being said, adults tend to be more sensitive to biological changes than adolescents and children. Therefore, Dr. Kuzmic takes special care with his adult patients to not overwhelm them too many simultaneous mechanics until his patients have had time to adapt to the braces.

Adults tend to have more complicated dental issues requiring interdisciplinary care between us and your general dentist. So yes, it is sometimes harder; however, we are well suited to handle any situation.

Why Choose Kuzmic Orthodontics For Treatment?

Unlike some offices, Dr. Kuzmic spends time with all of his patients, getting to know them, their family, and learning about their life’s ambitions. He believes that doing so allows him to best treat everyone as the individual that they are.

At Kuzmic Orthodontics, early diagnosis is the best way to prevent potential problems later on in life, and we work to provide a crucial role in providing your family with routine orthodontic care. Dr. Kuzmic can provide you with orthodontic care that extends beyond your basic needs, offering valuable advice and a compassionate outlook for your oral health. To learn more, schedule a consultation with us today and see how we can transform your smile today.