Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontic treatment can be beneficial for people of all ages, from children to adults.


As outlined by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), you should first take your child to see Dr. Herrington by age 7. Early orthodontic treatment can help guide the growth of the jaw and teeth and correct problems before they become more severe. For example, a space maintainer can be used to keep a space open for a permanent tooth to come in, or an expander can be used to widen the upper jaw to make room for adult teeth. Early treatment can also prevent the need for more extensive treatment later on.

Man smiling and holding a clear aligner


For teenagers, orthodontic treatment can be very effective. The teenage years are a time of rapid growth and development, and orthodontic treatment can be highly effective and beneficial during this time. The most common type of orthodontic treatment for teenagers is braces, which can be made of metal, ceramic or clear plastic. Braces use small brackets and wires to apply gentle pressure to the teeth and guide them into the correct position. Midlands Orthodontics also offers Invisalign, the clear alternative to traditional metal braces.


For adults, orthodontic treatment can also be beneficial. While the jaw and teeth are no longer growing, adults can still benefit from orthodontic treatment to correct problems such as crooked teeth, overbite or underbite. Adult orthodontic treatment options include traditional braces, ceramic braces or clear aligners. Clear aligners are a series of clear plastic trays that are worn over the teeth, and they are virtually invisible. 

Orthodontics can be beneficial for people of all ages, from children to adults. It is important to consult with a qualified orthodontist to determine the best treatment plan for you. Request a complimentary consultation at Midlands Orthodontics if you’re ready to begin your orthodontic journey.