Braces for Children
Morita Orthodontics

Morita Orthodontics strives to deliver optimal orthodontic care to patients in and around Honolulu and Aiea, Hawaii. Dr. Randal D. Morita and Dr. Scott Morita offer a variety of different services, one of which being braces for children.

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There are several good reasons why adolescence is the optimal time for orthodontic treatment, though occasionally even earlier intervention is called for. One has to do with the development of the teeth: There’s no set timetable for every kid, but generally by the age of 11-13 the deciduous (baby) teeth have all been lost, and the permanent ones have largely come in. This is the time when we can go to work correcting the problems that cause a bad bite (malocclusion), improper tooth spacing or poor alignment. For many teens, braces are a rite of passage: They’re one more example of the changes adolescents go through at this time — along with growth in stature, edgier tastes in clothes and music, and an increasing degree of self-awareness. But is there any particular reason why orthodontic appliances and teenagers seem to go together?

In a word: Yes.

Orthodontic problems don’t improve with age — they simply become harder to treat. It’s easier to treat many orthodontic problems during adolescence because the body is still growing rapidly at this time. Whether we use standard braces, or appliances like palatal expanders, we can create an improved appearance and function in a short period of time. In later years, when the bones of the face and jaw are fully developed, many conditions become more difficult (and costly) to treat.

There’s even a social element to getting orthodontic treatment in adolescence. If you need braces, you’re not alone!  Chances are you’ll see some of your classmates in our office, and you may even make new friends as you go through the process together. When it’s done, you’ll have a smile that you can really be proud of, and benefits that will last your whole life.

For many teens, braces are a rite of passage: They’re one more example of the changes adolescents go through at this time — along with growth in stature, edgier tastes in clothes and music, and an increasing degree of self-awareness. But is there any particular reason why orthodontic appliances and teenagers seem to go together? In a word: Yes.

There are several good reasons why adolescence is the optimal time for orthodontic treatment, though occasionally even earlier intervention is called for. One has to do with the development of the teeth: There’s no set timetable for every kid, but generally by the age of 11-13 the deciduous (baby) teeth have all been lost, and the permanent ones have largely come in. This is the time when we can go to work correcting the problems that cause a bad bite (malocclusion), improper tooth spacing or poor alignment.

Orthodontic problems don’t improve with age — they simply become harder to treat. It’s easier to treat many orthodontic problems during adolescence because the body is still growing rapidly at this time. Whether we use standard braces, or appliances like palatal expanders, we can create an improved appearance and function in a short period of time. In later years, when the bones of the face and jaw are fully developed, many conditions become more difficult (and costly) to treat. There’s even a social element to getting orthodontic treatment in adolescence. If you need braces, you’re not alone! Chances are you’ll see some of your classmates in our office, and you may even make new friends as you go through the process together. When it’s done, you’ll have a smile that you can really be proud of, and benefits that will last your whole life.

The Orthodontic Treatment Process

What can you expect when you come in to our office for treatment? It all depends on what kind of treatment you need. The first time you come in, we will take pictures and radiographic (X-ray) images of your mouth, and possibly make a model of your bite. Then, we’ll develop a treatment plan. It may involve regular braces, with or without elastics (rubber bands). We might also recommend that you use a specialized appliance for a period of time.

Of course, our young patients need extra care and attention, so we use only the highest quality materials and appliances. For example, our office uses OpalSeal® for all our patients with conventional braces. A revolutionary new orthodontic primer, OpalSeal works both as an adhesive for the braces attached to the tooth as well as a protective coating for teeth, helping to prevent plaque buildup. It also releases a steady amount of fluoride to the tooth’s surface, ensuring the teeth are strong and healthy after orthodontic treatment.

Here are some of the most commonly used orthodontic appliances:

Metal Braces

need no introduction. But you might be surprised to find they’re smaller and lighter than ever. They may even offer some customized options, like colored elastic ties on the brackets.

Metal Braces

Clear Braces

feature brackets made of ceramic or composite materials which blend in with your teeth, making them harder to notice. They’re suitable in many situations, but they cost a little more.

Clear Braces

Clear Aligners for teens

Clear Aligners for teens is a series of removable, clear plastic trays that gradually straighten teeth as they’re worn (for 22 hours per day). Formerly recommended only for adult patients, they now come with special features — like compliance indicators to tell how often you’ve been wearing them — that make them appropriate for teens in some situations. The advantage: they’re practically invisible!

Clear Aligners for teens

Lingual Braces

Lingual Braces offer the most unnoticeable form of orthodontic treatment because they are attached to the back (tongue side) of the teeth, where they cannot be seen at all.

Lingual Braces

Other orthodontic appliances

may be recommended in some cases, where major tooth or jaw movement is needed. They can range from small devices that fit inside the mouth to external headgear. But don’t worry: You’ll get used to them, and they’re temporary — but they provide a long-term benefit in a short time.

How Long Will I Wear Them?

There’s no one answer that fits everyone: It all depends on what we need to do in your individual situation. Generally, however, the active stage of orthodontic treatment lasts 6-30 months. Afterwards, you will wear a retainer for another period of months. When your orthodontic treatment is complete, the new smile we’ve worked together to create will be yours for a lifetime.

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Dr. Scott’s Sports – Guards

The protection of your teeth is very important! Here at Morita Orthodontics we are proud to offer comprehensive orthodontic care to patients in and around Aiea and Honolulu. We offer top quality services to cater to your needs and lifestyle including extremely customizable mouth guards. During Dr. Scott’s time at USC, he was selected to participate in the Sports Dentistry Selective. Dr. Scott worked with USC’s top college athletes, many of which became Olympians and professional sports athletes. Dr. Scott recommends an active lifestyle to promote healthy living.

Within this healthy living, it is also important to protect your healthy mouth. Read below to learn more about mouth guards!

 

A mouth guard is a tool used to protect your teeth and gums to prevent injury to your mouth. If you have braces, a mouth guard will help prevent damaging of your appliances and of course any harm to your teeth, gums, and lips. It is most common during contact sports however you can never be too safe to wear one during any sport, even non-contact activities or exercise.

Mouth guards are a great resource to use to not only prevent injury but also prevent any extra expense you might spend to take care of those damages. If you are going through braces treatment, your brackets and wires could be broken upon impact and you are at a higher risk of injury. Save money and protect your beautiful smile with any of our customizable mouth guards.

What Are Mouth Guards & Why Are They Important?

Morita Orthodontics is proud to provide you with many options to customize your mouth guards. Make protecting your mouth fun and unique with different color options, logos, and team numbers. We offer you 2 options of mouth guards: Braces-Guards, and Dr. Scott’s Sports-Guards.

Drs. Randal and Scott are happy to provide the finest orthodontic treatments in Honolulu, Aiea and surrounding areas. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you have about any of our mouth guards or orthodontic treatments. Our friendly staff members will be glad to help you find the right fit!

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Looking for a Honolulu or Aiea orthodontic practice that puts your needs first? Visit Morita Orthodontics to discover what makes us unique!

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Locations

1441 Kapiolani Blvd #1000, Honolulu, HI 96814

98-1247 Kaahumanu St #325, Aiea, HI 96701