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Orthodontics

Orthodontics protects your child’s bite.

Orthodontic Care With Your Child’s Pediatric Dentist

At one time, children were referred to orthodontists only after all of their primary teeth had fallen out. Now, with the availability of early-intervention orthodontics, Pediatric Dental Specialists of Greater Nebraska works with children as young as seven who are good candidates for early treatment. Please contact our Hastings and Grand Island offices to schedule an appointment.

Orthodontic Evaluations

Spotting current and potential issues.

We aim to prevent and treat issues that may result from genetics or habits like thumb sucking. The best way to achieve these goals is to have your child evaluated by seven years of age; however, children with visible irregularities may benefit from orthodontic treatment when they are even younger.

Our friendly and experienced pediatric dentists can spot minor issues with jaw development and emerging teeth. We’ll also perform a bite check to monitor development as your child matures, and we can help to correct habits such as thumb sucking. We look forward to being a partner in your child’s ongoing oral health.

Very professional and thorough. Never did I think I would hear my children say, "I love the dentist." They did an awesome job making my kids and I feel comfortable!

ERICA P.

Why Orthodontic Treatment is Important for Children

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Prevent Bigger
Orthodontic Issues

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Treat Crowding
& More

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Maintain
Healthy Development

Braces

IMPROVING THE FUNCTION AND APPEARANCE OF YOUR CHILD'S SMILE.

Braces straighten your child's teeth by attaching brackets to each tooth and applying a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction so that teeth shift into the proper position. They can be used to straighten crooked, overcrowded, or overlapping teeth, as well as to correct bite problems like overbites and underbites.

The days of placing a metal band with a bracket around each tooth are long gone. Today, you have the options in the color of your metal brackets and, in some cases, the color of your child’s orthodontic appliances.

Clear Aligners

Discreet orthodontic treatment.

We offer orthodontic treatment which uses clear aligners to straighten your child's teeth. The aligners, which are made of smooth and nearly invisible, specially designed plastic, will gradually and gently straighten teeth, fix crowded teeth, and close gaps without impacting the brightness and beauty of their smile. An orthodontic evaluation will allow us to see if your child is a good candidate for clear aligners.

Space Maintainers

PROTECT YOUR CHILD’S SMILE.

If your child loses a tooth prematurely, we can fit them with a comfortable appliance that holds the space open for the permanent tooth until it appears. Known as a space maintainer, they can be fixed in place or removable, depending on your child’s needs.

Palatal Expanders

THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUR CHILD’S PALATE IS VITAL.

Palatal expanders gradually widen a child's upper jaw, which creates more space in the mouth. They are a comfortable and effective treatment for preventing and treating dental conditions like crossbites, crowding, and impacted teeth.

There are options for that unexpected dental procedure.

With or without insurance, we want to help you make getting the dental care your child needs easy.

We work with your insurance to maximize your benefits.

No insurance? We also accept other forms of payment such as credit cards, cash, and check. We also accept CareCredit which offers flexible monthly payments, with zero interest for six or 12 months on larger charges.