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A smiling boy with braces in the exam room.A smiling boy with braces in the exam room.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. The earlier orthodontists can start a corrective treatment plan, the sooner a child can have a healthy, beautiful smile. Because we are pediatric specialists, our orthodontists know the best time to begin treatment, which can reduce the time your child needs to wear braces or other corrective devices.

Specialized Pediatric Dentistry

Learn more about our pediatric dentistry experts and the complex dental procedures they perform at Children's National Hospital.

Contact Information

For appointments, please call 1-888-884-BEAR (2327) and for information, call 202-476-2160.

The Orthodontics Program at Children's National Hospital is a comprehensive program for children. We provide a full range of orthodontic services using the most advanced materials and treatment techniques.

We can help your child with general alignment concerns, skeletal and structural problems, and other facial malformations. All of the hospital's dental specialists are available to patients for consultation and referral for associated services, including:

  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Oral surgery
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Endodontics
  • Children's National specialists

You are an important member of your child's care team, and we work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your child's unique needs.

Since we are located at Children's National, we are also able to consult with other specialists at the hospital to provide advanced care for children with disabilities and children with complex or difficult cases.

To expand access to affordable orthodontic services so that every child may have a healthy smile, the program's orthodontic residents provide care under the supervision of the hospital's highly qualified faculty.


Appointments: 1-888-884-2327
Information: 202-476-2160
Fax: 202-476-3102
Evenings and Weekends: 202-476-5000

Family Resources

Helpful Websites

We offer several online resources and educational tools for parents concerned about their child's oral health.

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Help Your Child Grow Up Stronger

Read about everything parents need to know about kids' health, straight from our experts at Children's National Hospital.