Specialists In Orthodontics

Early Treatment

Even though most people think of pre-teens and teens when they think of orthodontics, there are good reasons your child should get an orthodontic evaluation much sooner. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.


The check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine and the recommendation may simply be to monitor the growth and development waiting for the appropriate time to begin treatment. In other cases, the orthodontist might find a problem that will benefit from early treatment and begin a short, 6-9 month, Phase 1 treatment.

  1. While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect.
  2. Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing that may not be possible to correct with braces alone once the jaws have finished growing.
  3. Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to:
    • Guide jaw growth.
    • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth.
    • Correct harmful oral habits.
    • Improve appearance.
    • Reduce or eliminate the need for jaw surgery.
    • Create an environment where all of the permanent teeth are allowed to erupt and avoid extraction of permanent teeth.

Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.

T|D|R proudly providing braces, Invisalign, and orthodontics to Rochester Hills, Birmingham, Novi, Shelby, Lake Orion, Troy, Bloomfield, Royal Oak, Farmington Hills, Northville, Livonia, Walled Lake, and surrounding communities with a long list of straight teeth and happy smiles! An orthodontist receives two to three years of education beyond dental school and are the only ones allowed to call themselves “orthodontists”. Only orthodontists may be members of the American Board of Orthodontists.