810 W. Wackerly, Midland, MI 48640

What's The Right Age?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; at this time Dr. Ford can identify any growth issues and make plans to address them or monitor progress over the coming months or years. Whenever possible, Dr. Ford prefers to treat orthodontic problems with a single phase of treatment once all or most of the baby teeth have been lost and the permanent teeth are erupted enough for braces. This approach allows treatment to be started at a time that provides the best result in the least amount of time while reducing the overall cost and inconvenience of two-phase treatments. When appropriate early treatment is accomplished to address teasing at school, and to avoid permanent tooth extractions and growth issues that might require a more complex solutions if treated later.

If we find that it’s in your child’s best interest to wait for treatment, he or she will be placed in our Growth and Development program where we provide no cost monitoring visits until they are ready. You can feel confident that Dr. Ford will always do what is best for you or your child and the treatment prescribed will always honor the trust that you’ve placed in the team at Advantage Orthodontics.

It's never too late to start orthodontic treatment; it's not just for children and teens. Over 20% of the patients in our practice are over the age of 21, and are thrilled at the changes in their smiles and their lives! Dr. Ford provides the most advanced treatment options available so that every patient, regardless of age, benefits from these advances in terms of comfort, efficiency and cost.

Whether you're considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist. We provide a complimentary initial exam so that you can get all the information you need to start smiling with Advantage Orthodontics.