Albuquerque Early Intervention Orthodontics

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Timing is everything

especially when it comes to your child’s orthodontic treatment

Your child’s smile warms every inch of your heart, but bite misalignment, overcrowding, and similar issues can become more serious if left untreated.

Our Albuquerque early orthodontic treatment plans intercept the developing problem, eliminate the cause, guide the growth of facial and jaw bones, and provide adequate space for incoming permanent teeth.

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free 30-minute consult

Following the American Association of Orthodontists, we recommend scheduling your child’s initial orthodontic check-up before the age of 7.

Post-consultation, we’ll guide you through possible next steps:

All Clear: No treatment needed.
Keep an Eye on Things: We might need to intervene as your child grows.
Early Action Required: Starting treatment now for the best future results.

The power of early intervention

Promotes Better Oral Health

Early detection and intervention not only enhance oral hygiene but also play a crucial role in ensuring proper jaw growth and alignment of adult teeth. This proactive approach significantly reduces the risk of childhood cavities, periodontal disease, and tooth decay.

Prevents Future Complexities

By addressing orthodontic issues early, you can reduce the risk of difficult and invasive treatments later in life. This includes preventing issues associated with impacted teeth, excessive treatment durations, and more complex orthodontic needs.

Boosts Confidence

Early orthodontic care not only addresses the physical aspects of oral health but also mitigates the risk of speech problems and the potential for tooth, gum, and jawbone injuries. This assurance of a beautiful smile does wonders for nurturing self-esteem!

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Questions about early intervention orthodontics?

What orthodontic problems should I watch for in my child?


  • Underbites (lower front teeth are ahead of the upper front teeth)
  • Crossbites (jaw shifting to one side)
  • Very crowded teeth or spaced teeth
  • Extra or missing teeth
  • Teeth that meet abnormally, or don’t meet at all
  • Mouth breathing
  • If your child sucks their thumb/finger or a pacifier (this can affect their teeth or jaw growth)

When can my child begin early orthodontic treatment?

Children can start early orthodontic treatment as soon as an issue is detected, but ideally by age 7. This timeframe allows us to evaluate the development of their teeth and jaws effectively, ensuring timely intervention, if necessary.

What are the early intervention treatment options?

Early intervention may include a variety of treatments, such as braces, space maintainers, or growth modification devices, depending on your child's needs. Regardless of how treatment goals are reached, the bottom line is that some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they are found and treated early.

How do I know if my child needs early orthodontic treatment?

Look for signs like crowded or misplaced teeth, difficulty in chewing or biting, mouth breathing, and thumb sucking beyond age 5. However, some issues may not be obvious, making a consultation by age 7 essential.

Will early treatment eliminate the need for braces later?

Not always, but it can significantly reduce the time your child needs to wear braces during adolescence.

Experience 5-Star Care

“Dr. Chris Padilla is professional in every way. He and his staff are extremely friendly and their customer service is exceptional! His dental practice is immaculate and very clean. I am treated as family when I am there. He makes sure that you are properly numbed and at ease for any procedure.”

— Theresa C.

“I saw Dr. Dunn. He was very professional, personable, and accommodating in doing a crown. Excellent experience! The crown fits perfectly, and I love the fact that the crown is created the same day as the appointment — no temporaries, no waiting for a second appointment. He was great, and I strongly recommend Padilla Dentistry & Orthodontics. A great group of people!!!”

— Ruth B.

“I have been going to Dr. Padilla for years and he is fantastic. Always provides what you need and gives his professional opinion for treatment if needed. Their new facility is modern and amazing. Highly recommended!”

— Shane B.

Many more
reasons to smile!

Albuquerque early intervention orthodontics treatments are an investment in your child’s health and future. We make your financial commitment as simple as possible.

  • Start with a free consult
  • We accept most dental insurance
  • Our patient care coordinator outlines your estimated investment
  • We’re ready to answer your questions and concerns

Investing in your care

For patients receiving orthodontic treatment, we offer financial options to help your child achieve their healthiest smile.

Payment Plan

Spread your payments up to 15 months with 0% interest ($500 down payment).

5% Discount

Take 5% off your total cost when you pay in full at the start of your treatment.


Talk to us about financing your treatment with CareCredit.


3809 Eubank Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111

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