Early Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have an orthodontic screening no later than age 7.

Treatment during the adolescent growth spurt period provides an opportunity to favorably influence the facial profile in a growing child. Once growth of the facial bones is complete, correction of jaw discrepancies usually requires surgery. For this reason, early treatment may save considerable time, money and the need for patients to undergo surgery.

Early preventative or interceptive care can offer the following benefits:

  • Guide the jaws and erupting teeth into more favorable positions.
  • Improve the growth and alignment of the jaws.
  • Preserve space for the permanent teeth.
  • Minimize the need for extracting permanent teeth.
  • Reduce the likelihood of fracturing protruded front teeth.
  • Correct harmful oral habits.
  • Improve some speech problems.
  • Reduce the likelihood of impacted teeth.
  • Improve aesthetics and self-esteem.

Contact us today for your free consultation; Dr. Irwin and his staff will help you determine if early treatment is the best option for your child.



  • 2237 SW Court Avenue
  • Pendleton, OR 97801
  • (541) 276-7819
  • FAX: (541) 278-2563
  • TOLL-FREE: (800) 962-7038


  • 1060 W Elm, Suite 135
  • Hermiston, OR 97838
  • (541) 567-2662
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association