Orthodontist for Kids

It’s best for the orthodontist to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and it is the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.

We follow the early treatment recommendations of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), which recommends that all children have an evaluation by a certified orthodontist by age seven. Cameron Orthodontics can accurately determine if your child’s dental condition will lead to further issues to determine if it can be prevented by early orthodontic treatment.


Indications for Early Treatment

Early treatment allows our orthodontic team to evaluate dental conditions early on before your child's face finishes growing in their teenage years. From ages 7-11, we begin the first phase of treatment which may include and helps with:

  • Increase the self-esteem of the patient by improving their smile
  • Prevent future adult teeth extractions
  • Correct and guide jaw growth
  • Improve facial balance
  • Prevent tooth wear
  • Correct narrow palate
  • Help with snoring
  • Help with sleep apnea
  • Improve the way lips meet together
  • Address grinding
  • Improve the appearance of the mouth and teeth alignment
  • Guide permanent teeth into a healthy, favorable position
  • Lower the overall risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Help correct bad habits such as thumb sucking, and tongue thrusting

If your child has delayed tooth loss and eruption, crowding teeth, poor positioning of adult teeth, difficulty or painful episodes of chewing, breathes through their mouth or snores, contact us. We will help you create a plan for long-term orthodontic care.

Orthodontist for Teens

The best time to treat teens with orthodontic care is between ages 12 and 16. In most cases, their adult teeth have come in and their jaw and bone structure are formed and ready for orthodontic treatments. If your child has had Phase I treatment, this is when Phase II begins with full braces or additional orthodontic care.

As with early orthodontic intervention, Dr. Cameron will assess the oral and overall health of your teen--based on spacing, crowding, bite, alignment and other potential issues--to assure your teen's oral health exceeds outward appearance.

Signs that your teen is a candidate for orthodontic treatment include: irregular (early or late) loss of baby teeth, crowding or extra spacing between teeth, abnormal spacing, difficulty eating or chewing, shifting jaw or clicking, frequently biting cheek or side of tongue, disproportionate upper or lower jaw or protruding teeth.


Diagnosis and Treatment Early-on for Teens

Diagnosing orthodontic issues early-on can make a big difference in long-term care. The benefits for alleviating snoring, improper bite, "bad bites" and excess protrusion and crowding of teeth can help short-term with your teen's confidence and sleep, and long-term with oral health (less cavities and proper bite). Treatments include:

  • Overbite or underbite
  • Poor jaw positioning
  • TMJ or disorder of the jaw joint
  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Missing adult teeth
  • Extra teeth

Proper treatment will align and straighten your teen's teeth and will have long-lasting benefits. It will, lessen the wear and tear on teeth, help prevent chipping and cracking of teeth, help improve chewing, reduce tooth decay, gum disease and help prevent tooth decay. In extreme cases, proper orthodontic care will help reduce chances in bone loss and jaw disfunctions.

Orthodontist for Adults

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. Jaw surgery is more often required for adult orthodontic patients because their jaws are not growing. Adults also may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth and may require periodontal treatment before, during, and/or after orthodontic treatment. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable.

As our number of adult patients continues to rise, we have added additional choices to our treatment options, including Invisalign services, so that all of our patients can receive quality care discreetly.



When Does an Adult Need Orthodontic Treatment?

There has never been a better time for adults to consider orthodontic treatment. Recent advancements in technology have allowed us to provide stunning results in a shorter amount of time. At Cameron Orthodontic care in Layton, Utah, we will help you determine if you are a good candidate for adult treatment. While we can effectively move teeth at any age, sometimes periodontal disease or other problems arise that require care prior to administering orthodontics. Here are a few common problems for which many of our adult patients seek treatment.

  • Bite Problems – These include a cross bite, open bite, under bite, and over bite.
  • Overjet – Also referred to as protruding teeth, and usually effects the upper and lower front teeth.
  • Spacing – Many adults have large gaps in between their teeth that they desire to close.

Contact us today for questions about adult orthodontic care.

Cameron Orthodontics in Layton, Utah

We know how important a smile is and we are excited to give you a beautiful smile and the confidence you need. Modern orthodontic techniques make it easier than ever for you to have a beautiful, straight smile. Our doctor and staff are constantly striving to provide exceptional quality care in a family-oriented, fun environment.


2940 North Church Street, #302
Layton, Utah 84040

p. (801) 406-6333

Hours of Operation:
Mon: 9AM - 5PM
Tue: 9AM - 5PM
Wed: 9AM - 5PM
Thu: 9AM - 5PM
Fri: 9AM - 1PM

Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed