The Right Age

Orthodontists today can successfully correct most problems regardless of the patient’s age. But that does not mean that the orthodontic treatment starting age does not matter. In fact it may play a significant role in the total time and expenses required for the completion of the orthodontic treatment.

Early Intervention

Early intervention can make a dramatic impact on establishing the proper occlusal foundation. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children have a check-up with an orthodontist by the time they reach age 7, for early detection of any potential problems. By the age 7, some of the permanent teeth have erupted, so that most children have a mix of adult and baby teeth. At this stage of mixed dentition, we can spot potential orthodontic problems related to jaw growth and eruption of adult teeth. Some growth-related orthodontic problems are easier to correct when they are identified early…while the facial bones are still growing.

An early exam allows us to determine how and when a child's particular jaw and/or dental problems should be corrected for the optimal results. Early treatment, or phase one therapy, may be needed to create a better environment to idealize the occlusion for the patient or possibly create an environment to elevate treatment forever. An early orthodontic examination does not always result in immediate treatment. After evaluating your child, we may simply want to monitor your child periodically while the permanent teeth erupt and the jaws and face continue to develop.

Adolescent Treatment

Most orthodontic problems are ideally treated during this time. Usually, all or most permanent teeth are erupted and patients are at one of their most active phases of growth. This is a great time to correct most problems, as the jaws are actively growing and their growth can be most easily modified during this time. In order to minimize patient involvement during the treatment process, we will work very hard to maximize ideal treatment goals with our adolescent patients.

Adult Treatment

Healthy teeth can be moved at any age, and it is never too late to improve your smile. Our team works with all of our adult patients to achieve their individual concerns.

Patient Testimonials

  • “Appletree Orthodontics has changed my Life! Back in 2019, I had a smile that could go toe to toe with a caveman! It was embarrassing and I was extremely self-conscious about my smile. Dr. Polgrean and her staff changed my life forever. In a mere 15 months, they had improved my smile to almost perfection! I cannot recommend Appletree Orthodontics enough! If I could show you the before and after pictures I would! True miracle workers they are. I am now healthier, happier and 1000% more confident! Check them out folks, they won’t disappoint! #Blessed”
    ─ Shaun
  • “I’ve waited almost 50 years to get my teeth straightened and this place is the BEST!! Appletree Orthodontics is a warm and friendly place with awesome staff! They really know how to make you feel comfortable and make the process enjoyable! Five stars are not enough . . . THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for giving me my smile back! ”
    ─ John
  • “Apple Tree is really a great place. It's an all-around happy environment, and everyone is friendly. I've never waited for longer than 5 minutes for an appointment! Perfect for anyone of any age, and really helped motivate me to get my teeth straight!”
    ─ Maddie
  • “Apple Tree Orthodontic is an all-around great place. The people there are fantastic. They’re always smiling always asking how your day is. I never had any bad experiences there due to the fact that they are awesome. 10/10 recommended coming here for your teeth! ”
    ─ Gavin
  • “I couldn’t have asked for a better orthodontic company. They are always so gentle and caring. I never have to wait for my appointment for more than five minutes, even when I’m early. I highly recommend Apple Tree!”
    ─ Kathryn
  • “I had an amazing experience here. Everyone was so helpful and nice, and they really made sure my teeth looked 100% perfect.”
    ─ Joshua
  • “My two teens just finished up treatment and we are very happy. They both look great. The staff is awesome, friendly and knowledgeable.”
    ─ Elizabeth
  • “Three children went through braces at Apple Tree Orthodontics. We were 100% happy with the plan, communication throughout, all medical & non-medical staff, and the caring care we received over the years, Highly recommend!”
    ─ Danyelle
  • “Great experience! Got my braces on late (junior year of high school) and they were sure to work quickly and efficiently to give me the best experience possible. Couldn’t be happier with how my smile turned out!!”
    ─ Cassidy
  • “Fantastic experience. My kids love the place and the people. Great doctors and very friendly staff.”
    ─ Anand

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