Preventative Treatment

Preventative Treatment (Phase 1 or Early Treatment):  Preventative treatment is a short phase of treatment, usually 6 months in length. This is done when the child is young and they still have baby teeth.  The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic appointment by the age of 7.  At Summit Orthodontics we believe in being as conservative as possible.  Our goal is to time the beginning of treatment to coincide with the patient’s optimal growth pattern.  There are some circumstances where a short phase of treatment at a young age could be significantly beneficial for the patient. During this appointment, the orthodontist can look for any problems with the developing jaws and the erupting adult teeth. If a patient’s skeleton is not growing properly or if teeth have erupted into a traumatic bite, it could do damage to the teeth or the supporting structures like the gums and the bone. Sometimes early treatment can even prevent or reduce treatment time in a second phase.  At our free consultation we evaluate if any treatment is necessary now.

Traditional braces

Orthodontic treatment helps to align both the jaws and the teeth for not only a beautiful smile, but also a healthy comfortable bite.  Traditional braces are now more comfortable and stylish than ever!  Using small streamline metal braces we are able to move the teeth and jaws into perfect smiles.  We use state of the art wire technology which maximizes efficiency and minimizes discomfort.  Also, the best part of our braces, we can add colors to them every time you come in!!! 

Invisalign Treatment

At our FREE consultation we are able to determine if your smile can be corrected with Invisalign clear aligners.  Invisalign therapy uses clear, thin, plastic trays that are custom designed for your teeth. Through a series of aligners, your teeth are gently and slowly moved into the correct position. Since the trays are removable, there are no food restrictions and oral hygiene is a breeze!


After orthodontic treatment you will be given a set of clear retainers.  Gone are the days of old fashion plastic retainers with ugly wires.  Our precise fitting, comfortable, virtually invisible retainers are worn just at bedtime and will help to keep your smile looking beautiful forever.