Everyday Orthodontics in Asheville, NC

Special Needs Care in Asheville, NC

We’re passionate about building an inclusive space where all smiles are welcome. That’s why we get to know your kiddo, learn what makes them feel at ease, and tailor appointments to meet their unique needs — no matter their condition.

Special Needs Care in Asheville, NC
Special Needs Care in Asheville, NC

Why should I choose a special needs orthodontist for my child?

Every child is different. And if your child has any conditions that make their treatment difficult for any reason, a special needs orthodontist can help. Special needs orthodontists have experience with children and special needs patients of all types. From kids with sensory sensitivity, ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), and a variety of other conditions, our experienced team can ensure your little one gets the care they need.

Desensitization Appointments
Helps Your Kiddo Relax
Better Outcomes
Peace of Mind

Stress-Free Care

Visiting the orthodontist can be a stressful experience for children with special needs. We offer desensitization appointments to help your child feel comfortable and at ease. These appointments involve a series of visits during which we introduce your child to our friendly team, give them a tour of our office, and educate them on the dental tools we use. By familiarizing your child with our space and procedures, we can create a safe and caring environment where they can receive the orthodontic treatment they need with confidence.

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The Benefits of Special Needs Orthodontics

Better Patient Accommodations

Your child’s orthodontist can do things like adjust office lighting and sound for patients with sensory issues, use special equipment to treat patients, and provide additional staff to ensure that patients with special needs get the personalized care they need.

Expert Care For Every Patient

Special needs orthodontists know how to treat patients with a wide variety of physical, mental, and developmental impairments. Your child’s orthodontist will know how to keep them safe and comfortable as they get the orthodontic care they need.

Comfort With Desensitization

We offer a wide variety of desensitization toys and methods to help your child relax during their appointment. Desensitization is a very useful technique for patients who may otherwise have trouble being treated in a traditional orthodontic environment.

Sensory Toys Available

No child deserves to struggle with fear or pain during treatment. Sensory toys are an effective way to help your kiddo with special needs or dental anxiety relax in the chair. Talk to us to learn more about how we can help your child feel at ease when they come in for their appointment.

Behavior Guidance Counseling

Sitting in the dental chair isn’t always easy! That’s why our compassionate team offers behavior guidance counseling. With our gentle directions and upbeat approach, we’ll empower your child to face challenges, overcome obstacles, and gain confidence as they learn how to take charge of their oral health.

Board-Certified Orthodontist

Rest assured that your child is receiving top-notch, specialized care with our Board-Certified Orthodontist. To be recognized by The American Board of Orthodontics, doctors must undergo extensive training in the orthodontic field in addition to their standard dental degrees.

Calm, Fun Environment

When it comes to providing a soothing patient experience, the little details are a big deal at our office. From the kindest and most qualified team of smile pros you’ll ever meet to our state-of-the-art technology, come see why kids love coming to Everyday Orthodontics!

The Special Needs Orthodontic Process

Initial Health Discussion

To begin, your special needs orthodontist will meet with you and/or your child, and review their medical history, records, medications they're taking, and other details. Every patient with special needs is different, so it’s important for us to develop a full understanding of their health and conditions.

Customized Treatment Plan

Your doctor will then create a customized treatment plan for your child with their unique needs and challenges in mind. This may involve specialized appliances or techniques to ensure an effective, comfortable treatment process for your child. We will also provide guidance on maintaining good oral hygiene and orthodontic habits throughout the process. This is particularly important for children with special needs as they may need additional help keeping up with it.

Monitoring & Adjustments

Throughout the treatment process, your child will attend regular appointments so we can monitor their progress and make any necessary adjustments to their orthodontic appliances or treatment plan. For kids with special needs, the frequency of appointments and the duration of treatment may be longer depending on the complexity of their case and their ability to comply. Rest assured, your orthodontist will work with you and your child's other healthcare providers so their treatment plan is safe, effective, and consistent with your child's overall care plan.

Did you know?

Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, helping prevent decay or cavities in the long run.

Check out these frequently asked questions, or call us to speak with our team.

Which conditions fall under special health care needs?

Conditions that may affect your child’s orthodontic care include:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cleft Lip & Palate
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Down Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

When you call to inquire about an appointment, let our team know your child’s condition and needs, and we’ll work together to determine if our practice is the right fit for your family.

How can I help my child feel comfortable during orthodontic appointments?

There are several things you can do to help your child feel comfortable during orthodontic appointments. We recommend to bring their favorite comfort toy or blanket and speak about the appointment in positive terms. You can also ask the orthodontist if your child can listen to music or watch a video during treatment to help them relax. We also provide sensory toys for children who fidget in the chair.

Will my child need to wear their braces longer than usual?

Depending on your child's unique case and needs, some children with special needs may need to wear their braces longer to get the desired results. This is dependent on how well they manage their braces and oral hygiene. Our team is experienced in treating children with special needs and will provide guidance for your child's individual needs so they can maximize their treatment.

Can orthodontic treatment impact my child's sensory sensitivities?

Orthodontic treatment can involve a lot of sensory input, such as pressure on the teeth, tongue, and cheeks, and vibrations from the orthodontic tools. This can be overwhelming for some children with sensory sensitivities. We will work with you to find ways to minimize discomfort and sensory overload during treatment.


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