Kid's Orthodontics Specialist

Reese Orthodontics

Karen Reese, DDS, MS

Orthodontist located in New Hope, MN & Chanhassen, MN

Just like a trip to the dentist or doctor, a trip to the orthodontist can be intimidating for your child. At Reese Orthodontics in New Hope and Chanhassen, Minnesota, orthodontist Karen Reese, DDS, MS, aims to make orthodontic care easy for your child. She has an extensive background in working with nervous children and taking the fear out of orthodontic evaluations and care. To schedule an orthodontic evaluation for your child, call Reese Orthodontics or book an appointment online today.

Kid's Orthodontics Q&A

What are kid's orthodontics?

While there’s no set age to start aligning your teeth with orthodontic treatments, starting them early can help optimize the result. At Reese Orthodontics, Dr. Reese treats children as young as 7 with orthodontic care. At this time, most kids still have some of their baby teeth and maybe a few adult teeth growing in. Dr. Reese can diagnose problems with their teeth and jaws in this stage and start their treatment right away. 

Dr. Reese and her kid-friendly team work hard to make the orthodontist’s office a comfortable environment for children. She’s experienced in working with nervous children and can help them feel relaxed at each appointment. 

How can I tell if my child needs kid's orthodontics?

There are many reasons why your child might need orthodontics early on. It’s a good idea to bring your child in if they are around age 6 or 7 for an initial evaluation. Dr. Reese inspects their teeth and asks you about some of their habits. Then, she decides if kid's orthodontics are necessary to prevent future complications.

A few signs that your child might need early orthodontic care are:

  • Early loss of baby teeth
  • Late loss of baby teeth
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Trouble chewing food
  • Thumb or finger sucking
  • Crowded front teeth
  • Misplaced teeth

Dr. Reese decides the best time to start your child on orthodontic treatments. Often, early treatments are beneficial because kids’ bones are still in their growth stages and are therefore more malleable and susceptible to manipulation.

What orthodontic treatments can kids get?

There are a few treatments that may be necessary for your child to optimize their oral health later in life. Early treatments can also help their bones develop properly so they won’t have to go through their teenage years with a malformed jaw or palate. For your child, Dr. Reese may recommend:


Braces are available for children, but you must make sure they’re diligent about cleaning their teeth. If your child’s teeth are naturally crooked or if they suck their thumb, Dr. Reese might suggest early braces or other treatments leading to braces. 

Growth-modifying appliances

Growth-modifying appliances like palate expanders and headgear encourage your child’s jawbones to develop properly. These devices set your child up for success with future braces or other orthodontic treatments. They can also help your child avoid needing orthodontic surgery in the future. 

Book your child’s first orthodontic evaluation by calling Reese Orthodontics or using the online booking tool today.