How early can I start orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment can be used for more than creating beautiful, straight, and healthy smiles. In some cases early treatment is recommended for children as young as 7 year old. Early treatment can correct bite problems and ensure that the jaws are positioned properly for healthy development of adult teeth.


Different Orthodontic Treatment Phases

As Young as Seven

The initial consultation will help determine your child’s need.
Learn more about Early Treatment. 

Comprehensive Treatment

The Comprehensive Treatment is where we check every box and make corrections after all the adult teeth have already come in.


The hard work of wearing braces could be wasted if retainers are not worn properly.
Learn more about caring for retainers.

At An Early Age

Orthodontic therapy can be applied to all older children, teens, and adults, but there are major advantages of begining treatment at an early age.  Typically before the child’s jaw has finished growing, and permanant teeth have erupted. This would be acomplished in a two-phase orthodontic treatment.

  • Children in the US 17 and younger getting orthodontic treatment 46% 46%
  • Average number of patients in Phase I 17% 17%
  • Average number of patients in Phase 2 83% 83%

Phase 1

In certain cases, a young child whose jaw and teeth are still in the early stages of growth, exhibit very apparent signs of future over-crowding of their adult teeth or jaw problems. Kids over the age of 7, falling into this catagory, will highly benifit from early orthodontic treatment.  They would receive Phase 1 treatment.

Phase 2

Phase 2 treatment most often consists of straight-forward orthodontic therapy that will align the teeth.Children that have finished phase 1, are in braces for less time, and typically don’t need any teeth need to be extracted.

Learn about the different types of braces available for your orthodontic treatment phases:

Orthodontic Options Invisalign


The Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay templates called aligners that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. 

Orthodontic Options Damon Brackets

Damon Brackets

Damon braces use a slide mechanism to hold the wire instead of elastics. Ask Dr. Payne about the benefits of using Damon brackets.

Orthodontic Metal Bracket

Metal Brackets

Metal braces provide the most cost effective option and more predictable results.

Orthodontic Options Clarity Braces

Clear Braces

Most popular with adult patients, Clarity™ Ceramic Braces are known as “clear braces” are made of translucent material.