Orthodontics | Overview

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Whether your child needs braces or has a complex mental or physical disability, Boston Children’s Hospital Orthodontic Program is committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to each child we see.

Orthodontics is the specialized branch of dentistry concerned with variations in dentofacial traits that may affect an individual’s overall well-being. A dentofacial trait is defined as a hard (teeth and jaws) or soft (gums and face) tissue characteristic or combination of characteristics that distinguishes an individual’s facial appearance and determines his or her level of oral and social function.

Orthodontic treatments include therapies that enhance a dentofacial trait or traits, thus improving a person’s level of health and wellness. You may choose to consult with an orthodontist after receiving a referral from your child’s pediatric or general dentist.

Our expertise at Boston Children's

Our Orthodontic Program offers the full spectrum of care for dentistry related conditions to children ranging from infancy to age 18. 

In addition to treating children who are well, we also provide care to children with special medical needs such as autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. Years of experience have given us unique insight into the physical and emotional needs of this population.

Our experienced clinicians treat each child as an individual—and involve the entire family in the treatment process.

Our mission

Our mission is to utilize the most effective and efficient techniques in order to provide the highest quality orthodontic care in a caring and compassionate environment. Specifically, we focus on improving the appearance of dentofacial traits to enhance smiles.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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