Child Treatment

Early Orthodontic Treatment

Along with the American Association of Orthodontists, Sanford Orthodontics recommends that a child receive their first orthodontic evaluation by the age 7. This makes it easier for Dr. Sanford to determine the best time for your child to begin treatment or be put in our Observation Program for future treatment.

v-braces5What to Expect on Your First Visit

At Sanford Orthodontics you and your family will be welcomed by one of our team members at the front desk. They will assist you in signing in and answer any questions you may have. Our Treatment Coordinator will then acquaint you and your child with our treatment area while explaining all aspects of your first orthodontic experience, making you and your child comfortable and at ease. You may accompany your child into the treatment area if this makes you and your child more comfortable.

Your child’s initial orthodontic consultation will consist of taking diagnostic records and a complimentary exam by Dr. Sanford. He will then review their records, sharing his diagnosis. If treatment is indicated, we will create a personalized treatment plan for your child that will prove to be the most beneficial for their specific needs. We are here to answer all questions and there is never any pressure to make quick decisions.

What to Look For

Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • A hard time chewing or biting food
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
  • Jaws pop or make sounds when opening and closing
  • Teeth that do not come together
  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face

Advantages of Early Treatment

Here are a few reasons why early treatment may be beneficial:

  • creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • reducing the need for tooth removal
  • reducing treatment time with braces

Appliance Options

We have a variety of braces and appliances depending on your child’s needs. They are:

  • METAL BRACES – still the popular traditional option but today they’re smaller, lighter made with surgical stainless steel and come with customized color elastic ties on the brackets for the fashionista!
  • CERAMIC BRACES – feature brackets that are made of ceramic materials which blend in with your teeth, making them more esthetic.
  • AMERICAN SELF-LIGATING BRACKETS – made in the USA!  The device made from surgical stainless steel makes it easier to operate the opening and closing apertures, while offering you strong, reliable materials to make your treatment progress with efficiency and speed. This cuts down on appointments and because there are no elastic ties to get in the way, patients have found it easier to keep clean, which results in better overall hygiene during the time of treatment. The self-ligation also cuts down on patient discomfort and gets rid of the friction caused by other appliances. In addition, because it is small, it is less noticeable, which helps patients feel better about themselves as they move through the treatment process.
  • RAPID PALATAL EXPANDER – an orthodontic device used to create a wider space in the upper jaw that is too narrow for the lower jaw or when the upper teeth are crowded or blocked out because of a small upper arch. It is attached to the upper molars and is simply activated by turning a key which gradually applies pressure, increasing the amount of space between the right and left halves of the jaw.
  • OCCLUS-O-GUIDE (OG) – a soft removable plastic appliance containing sockets that allow patients to perform “exercises” that encourage optimum arch development. Patients will be asked to practice active wear exercises with this appliance two to four hours a day. Active wear exercises require the patient to bite down on the appliance for about a minute and then release for 30 seconds. This will be repeated in 20 minute increments throughout the day totaling two to four hours of active wear. Patients will also be required to wear the Occlus-o-Guide at night.
  • RETAINERS – to be worn at night for life …wearing a retainer is one of the most important things you can do no matter your age or which type of appliance you choose. Teeth that aren’t held in place by a retainer long enough for the supporting bone to develop around them can drift back to their original positions.

Why Choose Us

Sanford Orthodontics is – Changing Lives … Through Beautiful Smiles!

  • ONE ORTHODONTIST/ONE LOCATION – You can count on Dr. Sanford’s undivided attention during your appointments. Dr. Sanford unlike many dental clinics or orthodontic offices has only one location and one Doctor. We make it a point to be on time for your appointments. We know how busy you are. Dr. Sanford and his team always have time to answer any questions or concerns.
  • EXPERIENCE – Dr. Sanford has been specializing in braces for over 30 years in the Bridgewater area. He continues to expand his dental services to meet the needs of each patient, from braces to Invisalign, for which he has achieved Premier Provider status. Dr. Sanford is a faculty member of the Post Graduate Orthodontic program at NYU’s College of Dentistry, teaching on a weekly basis.
  • SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SERVICE – Customer Service is our top priority! Dr. Sanford and his team create a welcoming environment in which positive, personal growth and fun are a big part of our practice. Our team members are our most valuable asset and have been chosen because of their caring personalities and their commitment to providing you and your family with excellent care.
  • STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY – We are proud to say that our braces are made in the USA! We embrace the latest techniques to provide you with a beautiful smile in the most efficient time possible. We offer the latest in digital impressions without the goop and gag reflex, using the iTero Scanner which provides a 3D highly accurate digital image. 
  • COMMUNICATIONS – Dr. Sanford and his team are always approachable and available for any questions or concerns. Our website: provides additional valuable information about orthodontics. Our Facebook: Sanford Orthodontics, Bridgewater, NJ and Instagram: Sanford Orthodontics 1353 accounts always have informative articles as well. So check us out!
  • FUN – We want you to have fun at each visit and throughout your entire treatment. Our monthly contests keep you guessing and you will enjoy the results. Wear your Sanford Orthodontic T-Shirt and receive a coupon for a Rita’s ice.


Our office is committed to helping you maximize your insurance and flexible spending benefits.  As a courtesy, we gladly do a complimentary benefit check on each patient who has scheduled an appointment with us. Orthodontic insurance differs from regular dental insurance in that each insured individual usually has a lifetime maximum benefit for orthodontic services. We work directly with the insurance company when possible, filing and then following up to which you are entitled.

Financial Options

Why let finances stand in your way of achieving the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve? Once your treatment plan has been determined, our Treatment Coordinator will work with you to determine the best payment option for you.

  • Discount when you pay in full at your start of treatment!
  • Customized INTEREST FREE PAYMENT PLAN to meet your needs!
  • Discounts on additional family members in treatment!

Refer A Friend

Share the joy and get rewarded! Ask our front desk for “Referral Bonus Cards”.  Hand these cards out to all your friends! When they start their orthodontic treatment with us, as a thank you to you and your friend, both accounts will be credited $50.00.

Contact Us

We invite you to contact us today to schedule your “Complimentary New Patient Exam” and to see why we are the premier practice in the area.

Sanford Orthodontics

  • Sanford Orthodontics - 1353 Prince Rodgers Ave., Bridgewater, NJ 08807 Phone: 908-722-5233

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