Children & Teens

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) guidelines recommend that every child receives a screening by a certified orthodontist around the age of 7.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?
Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Why should malocclusions be treated?


Good news! You can get your teeth aligned at any age as long as your gums and bone structure are healthy. We pride ourselves on being able to treat the entire family – including adults. You can begin your journey to a healthy and beautiful smile today.

While orthodontic treatment can completely improve the way you look and improve your self-esteem, it’s important to remember that improving the health of your teeth and gums is also an important reason to seek orthodontic care. Bad bites and unaligned teeth are a cause of gum and bone loss, tooth decay, uneven wear of tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches, and jaw joint-related (TMJ/TMD) pain.

Today is the best time to begin orthodontic treatment because we have the latest techniques and appliances that will correct your smile with less discomfort, fewer visits, and a shorter treatment time.

At Hawk Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, a large percentage of our patients are adults and they will tell you that there is no such thing as too old to improve your smile and oral health.

Orthodontic Treatment Phases

Orthodontic treatment has many benefits including the improvement of your looks, confidence, and self-esteem. However, orthodontic treatment also has more practical benefits such as enabling you to bite, chew, and speak correctly.

Orthodontic treatment most commonly lasts for a period of six to thirty months. Your treatment time will depend on a variety of factors including your diagnosis, the details of your treatment plan, and your commitment to follow the instructions provided by your plan.

Here is a general overview of the three major stages of treatment:
Phase 1 – The Planning Stage
Phase 2 – The Active Phase
Phase 3: The Retention Phase