When Should You See An Orthodontist?

At Straight Smiles Orthodontics, we are passionate about providing high-quality care in our community. Beginning orthodontic care is a big, yet essential, step for your health. Our team is here to make approaching care easier by sharing when you should see an orthodontist. Read on to learn common signs you can benefit from treatment options and what you can expect from your first appointment with our orthodontists, Drs. Nicholas and Tom Rafaill.


When is the Right Time to See an Orthodontist?


The American Association of Orthodontists recommends bringing your child to the orthodontist for an initial appointment as early as seven. Not all children will require treatment at this age, but early intervention can make all the difference. The earlier necessary care is provided, the easier braces and other appliances will likely be as they grow up. Children’s jawbones and gums are malleable and respond more effectively to treatment. 


As a teenager, you may start seeing friends with braces or other appliances to work toward a perfect smile. This is an excellent time to begin treatment as your permanent teeth have likely finished growing, and the jawbone is still moldable and, therefore, very responsive to treatment. Pursuing orthodontic treatment during this time can improve your oral health and the aesthetics of your smile into adulthood. 


You are never too late to pursue orthodontic treatment! Some believe only children and teens are able to benefit from care, but adults can receive just as effective treatment. In fact, over a quarter of all orthodontic patients are over 18. Drs. Nicholas and Tom Rafaill encourage adult patients to seek out care to achieve the smile they deserve. Whether you didn’t have the chance to when you were younger or didn’t require care, you can rely on us to start!


Schedule Your Free Consultation!

Straight Smiles Orthodontics proudly provides free consultation to all incoming patients. During this appointment, Drs. Nicholas and Tom Rafaill will conduct a complete oral exam with x-rays, review your dental and medical records, and take a digital scan of your teeth to provide their expert diagnosis and a customized treatment plan. The goal is to help you feel more confident about the condition of your oral health and understand what treatment options will best suit your case. 

At the end of your free consultation, our team will share a breakdown of the costs involved in your investment so you don’t have surprises later. We will also discuss insurance options, financial information, and our flexible payment plans. Our team is always happy to answer questions so you can make the right decision for your health. You can fill out our simple online form and take the first step toward your appointment!


When Should You See An Orthodontist?

Signs Orthodontic Treatment Is Necessary

Misaligned Teeth

Teeth that are out of place can affect the facial structure and diminish your confidence in your smile. Misaligned teeth can also complicate oral maintenance, as many hard-to-reach areas tend to develop. Seeking an orthodontist’s expertise to realign them can help reduce common complications, such as tooth decay, bacteria, and excessive plaque buildup. 

Speech Difficulty

When your teeth are out of place, you may experience difficulty pronouncing certain words or phrases. If you have a lisp or a slur when you speak, the natural position of the tongue is likely off-center, making certain sounds feel unnatural to produce. Orthodontic treatment can help resolve these issues and boost your confidence in everyday speech.

Early Baby Tooth Loss

Some children may experience early loss of their baby teeth, creating space between them that allows other teeth to shift out of place. Fortifying the position of their baby teeth will help their permanent teeth grow in correctly without excessive intervention. This prevents more complicated procedures later in life and preserves their original teeth for longer.

Difficulty Chewing or Biting

If you have trouble chewing or biting during meals, Drs. Nicholas and Tom Rafaill can help resolve these issues with orthodontics. Pain during meals is typically a sign of misalignment and will likely worsen over time if left untreated. It prevents you from trying new things and enjoying your food. These issues can also reduce your nutritional intake and lead to digestive problems.


Our Treatments 

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners allow you to straighten your teeth with the same benefits as traditional braces but with a nearly invisible appearance. They use a series of clear plastic trays switched out every two weeks to slowly guide your teeth into the perfect position—no brackets or wires required. 

This removable appliance is taken out during mealtime so you can continue eating without food restrictions or disruptions to your oral care routine. Straight Smiles Orthodontics is proud to provide our patients with Invisalign and ClearCorrect clear aligners.

Clarity Clear Braces

Clarity clear braces are a wonderful aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces. Made of ceramic, they use tooth-colored brackets and similar components that blend into your smile, providing an aesthetically appealing look. This appliance can even reduce your treatment time. Staining is no longer a concern as they use technology that prevents discoloration!

Metal Braces

Metal braces are known for their reliability and state-of-the-art treatment. They continue to be a top choice among our patients, thanks to advancements making their appearance smaller and components more comfortable. Modern metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel and have brackets, wires, elastic bands, and other elements. They work together to put pressure on your teeth in different directions to achieve your smile goals.


When Should You See An Orthodontist?

Straighten Your Smile Out Today!

If you are experiencing any discomfort with your teeth or general oral health, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Straight Smiles Orthodontics. We are dedicated to maintaining your comfort and helping you achieve the smile you deserve! Drs. Nicholas and Tom Rafaill provide expert care to Shelby Township, Novi, Rochester Hills, and the surrounding communities. Schedule your free consultation with us today!