For Children, Teens, and Adults


The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7.  Orthodontists are trained to spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.  Early detection of some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they are found and treated early.  While your child’s teeth may appear straight to you, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect.


Most patients begin orthodontic treatment between ages 9 and 16, but this varies depending on each individual.  Because teenagers are still growing, the teen years are often the optimal time to correct orthodontic problems and achieve excellent results.  Especially for teens there’s the emotional side of an unattractive smile.  When you are not confident in the way you look, your self-esteem suffers.  Studies have shown that children that have straight teeth and a beautiful smile tend to do better in school, have more self confidence, and appear more friendly and outgoing.


You’ll be pleased to learn that orthodontic treatment will fit in with your current lifestyle.  There are many choices to straighten teeth without metal braces ( Invisalign and Incognito , hidden lingual braces).  Orthodontic treatment can improve your smile and give you a better looking face.  It can make your skin tighter, lips fuller, and improve your profile.  With treatment you can look younger.  One in five orthodontic patients is an adult.