children & Teens

We love Dr. Starling & his staff. They made the whole experience of getting braces enjoyable & fun for my daughter. I highly recommend them!!
Wendy P.

At what age should my child see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. Early orthodontic evaluation will give your child their best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile for life.

If your child is experiencing any of the following issues, please contact us for an appointment. Early or late loss of teeth, difficulty chewing, mouth-breathing, finger-sucking, crowded teeth, jaw dysfunction, sunken or protruding jaw, facial asymmetry, crossbite, underbite, overbite, or protruding upper teeth.

complimentary consultation

An orthodontic consultation with Dr. Starling is complimentary and informative. As an orthodontic specialist, he is trained to spot potential concerns with future jaw issues or emerging teeth. Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age unnecessary or less complicated.

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treatment options for children and teens

We offer leading edge treatment using headgear-free orthodontics, space age wire technology, digital impressions (no mouth moulds), smaller sized braces, clear braces, faster treatment timelines, fewer visits, and spacer-free solutions in addition to the following…

Incognito® Lingual Braces

Dr. Starling is one of the top Incognito® providers in the United States and the #1 provider in the state of Tennessee. Available for children 13 years and up, this revolutionary "hidden" treatment places wire braces on the back of your teeth. Fully customized to fit your teeth, you will achieve the smile of your dreams without anyone knowing.

Invisalign® Teen

Invisalign® clear aligners help teenagers experience the confidence boost of a great smile without the restrictions of traditional metal braces. The financial investment for this unique treatment is similar to traditional braces. As a bonus, Invisalign® Teen is covered by many major dental insurance policies.

Clear/Ceramic Braces

As an alternative to more visible metal braces, ceramic or clear braces offer the same comprehensive and transformative benefits. However, the clear brackets or clear minimize the appearance of braces when you smile.

Standard Metal Braces

Conventional orthodontic treatment involving standard braces offers the most comprehensive approach to treating more complex issues ranging from crooked teeth to jaw and bite concerns. Dr. Starling uses smaller brackets, space age wire technology, and other advanced options to create beautifully straight smiles.

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADS)

T.A.D.s are very tiny anchors temporarily placed in the patient’s mouth to facilitate certain tooth movements. Using a small amount of topical anesthetic cream (no needles!), placement usually takes less than 5 minutes. When the planned movements are completed, these devices are then easily removed. T.A.D.s can help patients avoid jaw surgery, tooth extractions, headgear, restorative dentistry for missing teeth. They can also correct gummy smiles, a slanted smile, or erupted teeth.

Surgical Orthodontics

Some children and teens may suffer from jaw issues that could be resolved with Orthognatic surgery. Whether they were born with a misaligned jaw or had a serious trauma, corrective jaw surgery may be the best solution. Our goal with surgery is to correct functional problems resulting in improved chewing, speaking and breathing. However, it is common for patients to experience a dramatic enhancement of their overall appearance as their jaw is properly positioned.

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