Ask Dr. Hunter: Who needs orthodontic treatment, anyway?

Hunter Orthodontics provides quality orthodontic care and Invisalign® to patients in Glendale, Peoria, Phoenix, and Deer Valley, AZ. Call today to schedule your appointment with David R. Hunter, DDS!

Ask Dr. Hunter: Who needs orthodontic treatment, anyway?


While orthodontic treatment can improve smiles at any age, there is usually a best age to begin treatment at Hunter Orthodontics in order to achieve maximum improvement with the minimum amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child’s first visit to an orthodontist take place by age seven or earlier if a problem is detected. Early interceptive, or phase-one treatment can guide facial growth, prevent crowding of permanent teeth, correct crossbites, overbites and underbites, control harmful oral habits and even reduce the length of comprehensive treatment.

As for adults, more and more of them are deciding – wisely – to straighten their teeth. In fact, the number of adults getting braces has actually climbed 24 percent in the last 15 years! In an age—and society—where looks matter as much as anything, and at a time when evenly-aligned and sparkling teeth might be the difference between getting a job or a promotion, we see more and more adults are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Teenagers as well as adults also benefit from the skill of Dr. David Hunter’s orthodontic treatment. You won’t be able to stop smiling! Contact our Glendale office to schedule your free initial evaluation.

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