Orthodontics for Layton and Herriman, UT

Dawson Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics works hard to provide the very best orthodontic care for all ages! Our office is constantly incorporating all of the latest technology to make braces as quick and pain-free as possible, as well as offering a wide range of treatment options at unbeatable prices for you and your family.

Your Child’s First Orthodontist Visit

Dawson Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics offers complimentary consultations. There is neither a fee nor an obligation for this initial appointment. At the consultation Dr. Brad will conduct an examination and evaluate your child’s needs.

Your main concerns, the alignment of your teeth, the cosmetic appearance of your smile, how your bite comes together, how your jaws are aligned, how your teeth function during chewing movements, the health of your gums and your overall facial harmony are all evaluated in the exam.

If braces are needed, Dr. Brad will discuss the following with you:

  • Possible courses of therapy
  • Estimated length of treatment
  • Estimated cost of treatment
  • Answer any other questions or concerns you may have

After the consultation appointment and if we are ready to start, we will take orthodontic records to make measurements of your teeth and jaws. This can often be done on the same day as your consultation. To make these measurements we take a series of x-rays, photographs, and mouth molds. These diagnostic records will give the Dr. Brad all of the information that he needs to develop a detailed treatment plan specifically designed to give you an optimal bite and smile.

Life with Braces


During orthodontic treatment oral hygiene is extremely important! Because food can get caught between all the brackets/wires/bands/retainers, careful brushing and flossing after every meal is the best way to prevent plaque build-up, tooth decay, and gum disease. Brush your teeth in slow, circular motions, holding the brush at an angle and making sure to get above AND below the brackets!

You also need to floss at least once a day to clean where the brush can’t reach to prevent swollen infected gums and cavities between your teeth.

Foods to Avoid

The most notorious part of the braces treatment is the list of foods that you need to avoid. Hard foods can damage wires and brackets, sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires, and sugary foods cause tooth decay and other problems. Below is a list of what foods you should avoid with your braces.

Hard Foods to Avoid:

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Corn on the cob/Meat on a bone
  • Carrots & apples (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Hard candy (toffee, jolly ranchers, jaw-breakers)

Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Skittles
  • Starbursts
  • Caramels
  • Laffy-Taffy

Minimize Eating Foods Like:

  • Sugary Foods (Cake/Cookies/Ice Cream)
  • Sugary Drinks (Soda/Juice/Sport Drinks)
  • Candy

Emergency Information

Orthodontic emergencies are rare, and most problems can be corrected either at home or during a scheduled appointment. If a situation occurs that you cannot resolve, call our office so we can schedule a repair appointment as soon as possible.

Wire Irritation

If a wire on your braces is causing irritation try to reposition the wire with a pencil eraser, or replacing wire back in bracket tube with some tweezers. If the wire is causing pain by protruding into your gums, you can cover it with wax or sugar-free gum.

Loose Bracket

If the main wire or a bracket has come loose, call our orthodontic offices immediately to determine if the bracket needs to be re-bonded. We will make an appointment to correct the problem.

Sore Teeth

Some soreness or discomfort is common after an initial braces fitting and routine adjustments. If you experience any pain, we recommend taking ibuprofen because of its anti-inflammatory properties.


After completing orthodontic treatment we recommend retainers will be worn every night to ensure that you retain your beautiful smile, as teeth tend to move over time. Depending on your finish, Dr. Brad will recommend the appropriate type of retainer (Permanent fixed, Removable, or Invisalign retainer) to maintain your smile. If your retainer is ever lost or broken, call the office as soon as possible.

Trust the caring team at Dawson Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Herriman and Layton, Utah, for your braces and orthodontic needs. We help the people of Herriman, Riverton, Layton, Ogden, and all over Utah with all of their orthodontic needs. Call us today for your appointment—801-302-1045 for Herriman and 801-544-1940 for Layton.

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