Orthodontist Cartersville, GA

Orthodontist Cartersville, GA

In this day in age, Vargo Orthodontics understands and appreciates the value of quality “bedside” manners. We have high standards for our staff from reception and each orthodontist in our office. We find that the treatment of our patients is especially important when it comes to our pediatric population. Not only are we responsible for the comfort level of our patients but the parents as well. Vargo Orthodontics has been providing quality services to the children in Cartersville, Georgia area for years. We work hard to maintain a positive reputation in our area, which is not difficult because we love what we do. The following information is a general guide on the orthodontic process and what to expect should your child require braces.

First Visit

During your child’s first visit, the Cartersville, GA orthodontist will examine your child’s teeth and jaw. This may include X-rays and/or a mold of your child’s teeth. The orthodontist will likely have questions for you regarding your own observations and any complaints that your child may have regarding discomfort, jaw popping, difficulty chewing, etc. The orthodontist will then discuss options and make a recommendation on whether your child may need braces, aligners, headgear, and other options depending on the specific needs of your child’s teeth.

Regular Visits and Maintenance

Depending on the type of device your child has to straighten his or her teeth, you will likely need to go back to the Cartersville, GA orthodontist every four weeks or so in order for the orthodontist to monitor the teeth’s response to the device.

What Happens After Braces?

Typically, braces are necessary for one to two years. After that, your child’s orthodontist may recommend a retainer.


There is no getting around the fact that orthodontic treatments can be quite expensive. Often, insurance plans do not include dental procedures, and if they do, they may not cover 100%. Vargo Orthodontics will go over the details of our recommendation for your child, including cost after the initial visit. We have great respect for our clients and would not conduct a procedure without discussing the payment expectations up front.

Special Needs Pediatric Population

Not every dental office can say they are experienced with children who have a special need. Vargo Orthodontics in Cartersville, GA not only has experience with children who may have an exceptionally difficult time in the orthodontist’s chair, we greatly appreciate the parent’s input on their child. We are open to discussing the child’s potential response to sitting in the chair, tolerating the necessary procedures and successfully completing our job with respect to your child’s comfort.

The specialists at Vargo Orthodontics appreciate that you have options when it comes to your child’s orthodontic needs and we assure you that our reputation speaks for itself. We will make ourselves available to answer any questions and are ready to explain the typical process depending on your child’s needs. If your child’s dentist has recommended orthodontic care, we encourage you to contact Vargo Orthodontics to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist Cartersville, GA patients recommend.

At What Age Should My Child See a Cartersville, GA Orthodontist?

Many parents wonder when the right time is to bring their child to the orthodontist for the first time to obtain an initial evaluation. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should have their first visit with the orthodontist when they turn 7 years of age. This visit is strictly for an evaluation and is not to begin the process of beginning treatment. What this initial evaluation will do is identify any issues that may develop or any issues that may already exist.

The reason the AAO has chosen age 7 is because that is the age that some of the child’s permanent front teeth have come in. The child should also already have their first set of adult molars (also referred to as six-year molars). With these teeth in place, an orthodontist will be able to see how the child’s bite will probably develop over the next few years. A panoramic X-ray will also reveal if the child has any missing adult teeth. This happens to approximately 5 percent of the population. These X-rays will also show any deviation from normal tooth eruption.

Sometimes, a Cartersville, GA orthodontist may recommend treatment for children between the ages of 7 to 10 years. This is referred to as either phase one treatment or early treatment. The purpose of this early treatment is to correct any issues quickly and then evaluate the child periodically to see if there is a need for braces as they enter their teen years. Some of this phase one treatment can include palatal expander, braces on the front teeth, a retainer, or a combination of any of these.

If a child has overcrowding of their teeth, the orthodontist may recommend space maintainers to help minimize the crowding and any crookedness that could develop in the child’s adult teeth.

If the child does not need any early treatment, the orthodontist will likely recommend the child come back when they are between the ages of 11 and 14 to evaluate their teeth then.

Many parents think that they can only go see an orthodontist in Cartersville, GA if they are referred by the child’s dentist, but most orthodontists do not require a referral. They will notify your child’s dentist of their findings. Keep in mind, however, that your dental insurance may require the referral so check with them first.

Another question that many parents have has to do with the purpose of braces, wondering if they are necessary or is the treatment just cosmetic. After the evaluation, the orthodontist will make that determination. In many cases, braces are not just for cosmetic reasons, but are necessary for the health and wellbeing of the child.

Crooked teeth make it difficult to properly brush and floss your teeth. This can lead to a buildup of plaque bacteria, cavities, and gum disease. It’s also important to keep in mind that cosmetic reasons are also important. A child who is happy with their smile and straight teeth will likely have more self-confidence, contributing to their emotional health.

Is Your Child Ready to Meet with a Cartersville, GA Orthodontist?

If you would like to have your child evaluated and your questions answered, contact Vargo Orthodontics to meet with an orthodontist Cartersville, GA families recommend.  

The Scoop on Orthodontic Appliances

Retainers are used to hold your teeth in place after your braces or clear aligners are removed. A retainer is a particular type of dental appliance that is used to keep your teeth straight after braces. 

Once your braces come off, a Cartersville, GA orthodontist at Vargo Orthodontics recommend that your retainer is worn full time to keep the new dental and jaw configuration from shifting or falling out of alignment. After six months to a year, you may wear the retainer during the overnight hours to keep teeth from drifting back to their former position.

To ensure your teeth stay in place in the long haul after orthodontic treatment, your Cartersville, GA orthodontist may advise you to wear the retainer for the rest of your life. You’ll need to undertake proper care and cleaning of this dental appliance, just like you would your teeth and gums.

There are some other common dental appliances we use at Vargo Orthodontics. There are three categories, and which one a device falls in depends on the position and shape of the top jaw in respect to the lower jaw.

Top Jaw in Front of Lower Jaw

Herbst appliance: An orthopedic device that can eliminate an overbite by encouraging the lower jaw to grow and catch up in size with the upper jaw and face. It gets glued to teeth with caps stays in the mouth 24/7 for six months to a year or so.

Forsus: This appliance can help to move the upper molars backward while pushing the lower arch forward. It is typically used with braces. Similar to the Herbst, it encourages the lower jaw and muscles to grow more forward. It should be worn full time for at least six months or until the jaws are properly aligned. Your orthodontist in Cartersville, GA will be able to estimate how long that will take.

Headgear: This device can help to prevent the top jaw from growing too much to give the lower jaw a chance to catch up with the growth of the top jaw. Additionally, it can be used to move teeth or prevent them from moving. It is typically worn for 14-16 hours per day for at least a few months.

Top Jaw Is Not Wide Enough

Palatal expander: This device can help to make the top jaw grow mainly by pushing the teeth out to the sides. The palate, or bone on the roof of your mouth, also responds by opening up and widening. It can be made of metal or metal combined with plastic and can be glued to the teeth or be removable. It is usually worn for a few months until the bone in the top of mouth heals and reaches its optimal width.

Lower Jaw in Front of Upper Jaw

Facemask (reverse-pull headgear): This device can remedy a situation where the bottom jaw protrudes more than the top jaw. It is worn with a bow connected to the teeth and pulls on the top jaw to have it grow more forward. It is typically worn several months until desired results are achieved.

Do you have more questions about orthodontic appliance and how they can help you or your loved ones? Call Vargo Orthodontics to meet with an orthodontist Cartersville, GA patients trust today.