Early Orthodontics

Aligned teeth at the right time.

We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults. A new smile can begin today.


Waterloo Family Dental

Early Orthodontics

We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults. A new smile can begin today.




What is the best age to start thinking about ortho?

Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation? Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Why is age 7 the best time to get braces or other forms of orthodontics?

By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-­to-­back and side-­to-­side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.

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What is an inceptive treatment? What are the Advantages?

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics from Waterloo Family Dental is not only for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.

Why should malocclusions be treated?

According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:

  • Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
  • Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
  • Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
  • Open bites can result in tongue­ thrusting habits and speech impediments.


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Call (920) 478-2850 or request a consultation online. Waterloo Family Dental is always accepting new patients.

Want That “Invisible” Aligner Instead?

There are alternative treatments to traditional braces. Learn about Invisalign from Waterloo Family Dental. With and Invisalign treatment you can start to see results in a matter of weeks.