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Do you or one of your loved ones need braces?


The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that a child receive his or her first orthodontic examination no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

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 started early, Dr. Stieg and Dr. Wachtel 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, possibly avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions and correct problems caused by thumb-sucking.

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.


Most patients begin orthodontic treatment between the ages of 9 to 16, but this varies depending on each individual. Typically, by age 12, most of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place. Crowded teeth, spaces and bad bites can be easily detected. Because teenagers are still growing, the teen years are often the best time to correct problems and achieve excellent results.

Adolescents are growing rapidly, and orthodontics can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and teeth alignment correctly. This can help shorten the overall treatment time.


Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. Tooth alignment can be changed if your gums and bone structure are healthy.

Orthodontic treatment at late stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.

Dr. Stieg and Dr. Wachtel use the latest orthodontic techniques and appliances to reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits and shorten treatment time. Depending on your individual treatment needs, you may choose clear braces, metal braces or even Invisalign removable aligners.

How Do I Schedule An Initial Appointment?

Simply call us at 480.947.0321 and one of our friendly staff members will be happy to assist you. Our team makes every effort to consider patient and parent school and work schedules so as to accommodate for those constraints whenever possible.

What Will Happen At The Initial Exam?

During your first visit to our office, you will be greeted by one of our friendly staff members. You will be asked to complete a new patient form and guided to our private consultation room. After meeting either Dr. Stieg or Dr. Wachtel, a complete orthodontic examination will take place. The doctor will then discuss your possible treatment options. The time you spend with our staff will allow you to fully understand your current orthodontic health and needs.

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