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Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teenagers. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance.

Reasons adults consider orthodontic treatment:

  • Crowned, uneven teeth that are difficult to clean and maintain and don’t fit together properly
  • Teeth that have relapsed after braces as a teenager
  • Teeth that are crowded or spaced apart, possibly causing tooth decay or gum disease

Treatment options for Adults

The idea of metal braces is enough to discourage many adults from receiving treatment. However, today treatment options include removable appliances and clear aligners.


While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, Dr Kari recommends evaluating the position of a child’s teeth by age seven. At this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier to evaluate for tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery.

Here are a few things to look if you think your child may need orthodontic treatment:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Mouth breathing
  • A hard time chewing or biting food
  • Teeth that don’t fit with the rest of the face
  • Finger or thumb sucking past the age of 2
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
  • Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
  • Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
  • Crowded front teeth around age seven
  • Snoring or sleep apnea



Dr Kari is very excited about a new Invisalign feature called Clincheck Pro that gives her even more control expanding the range of cases to can treat effectively.

Dr Kari has the control with Clincheck Pro to position teeth more precisely. This is a huge step forward compared to Invisalign in the past which reduces the need for refinements which can extend treatment time.

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

Invisalign Braces
People can’t see you’re wearing them Metal brackets and wires
plastic aligners wires can poke
Aligners are removable for cleaning A waterpik is needed for cleaning
Eat what you want Some food restrictions
6 week dental visits 4 week dental visits
slower treatment faster treatment

Dr Nick and Dr Kari's Orthodontic Journeys

Interceptive or phase one orthodontics was a critical part to both Dr. Kari and Dr. Nick’s personal dental history. When Nick was about 8 years old the orthodontist that his mother worked for noticed that he had a deep underbite, sometimes called a ‘bull-dog’ look. Using a special appliance for about 6 months he was able to correct Nick’s severe underbite. At age 14 he completed the treatment with traditional braces. Dr Kari had the exact opposite problem, she had a severe overbite. Unfortunately, her dentist didn’t recommend two-phase orthodontic treatment for her condition early on. By age 13 her orthodontist was able to make her teeth look straight, but not to correct her ‘buck teeth’. She was very self conscious about the appearance of her teeth and was unable to chew properly.

In her 20’s Dr Kari had a surgery that involved breaking and reposition the jaw to correct the alignment of her teeth. This likely would not have been necessary if she would have had interceptive orthodontics. Because of Dr. Nick and Dr. Kari’s very different experiences and the high likelihood of their daughter’s need for phased orthodontic treatment Dr Kari has completed additional training in orthodontics to help prevent children, including her daughter, from having to go through the surgery she experienced.

Dr Kari's Experience in Orthodontics

Dr Kari has dedicated over 6 years and hundreds of hours of training in orthodontics. Dr Kari has earned certificates in orthodontics from Rondeau Orthodontic Seminars, The Academy of General Dentistry and The Academy of Gp Orthodontics. Dedicated to ongoing training, she is currently taking an additional 2 year orthodontic course. Dr Kari has experience treating tooth crowding and other tooth position problems using traditional braces, removable appliances, and Invisalign clear aligners.

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