A Great Smile looks good at any age!



Though Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at the optimal time ensures the best result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or 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.

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, Dr. Radu and her team can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal. Early treatment can, in some cases, prevent more complex orthodontic treatment once all the permanent teeth have come in, including extractions and surgery.

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:



Many of our orthodontic patients in Elmhurst and Downers Grove are pre-teens or teenagers. While we recommend your child receive an orthodontic evaluation by age 7, many patients will not need treatment until a later age. Pre-teens and teens typically have all of their permanent teeth. Most people will lose their baby teeth by the age of 13.

Treatment once baby teeth have all been “lost” can be beneficial for many patients because Dr. Radu can control the final alignment of the teeth as the permanent teeth erupt. When orthodontic problems are more complex, such as severe crowding, orthodontic treatment before all permanent teeth erupt can prevent the need for tooth extractions or surgery.

Orthodontic problems left untreated can make it more difficult to properly clean teeth and lead to oral health problems including tooth decay, cavities, and even gum disease and tooth loss.

If your child is age 7 or older, please contact us for a free consultation so we can recommend the most opportune time for your child to begin treatment.


Today, orthodontic treatment is a viable option for almost any adult.  Adult orthodontic treatment is very common and one in five orthodontic patients is an adult.  You’ll be pleased to learn that orthodontic treatment will fit in with your current lifestyle.

The new techniques and appliances that Dr. Radu and her team use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time and may allow you to choose from several options.  Your options at Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists include metal braces and translucent braces.  As many of our adult patients would say, it’s never too late to have a beautiful smile!

Imagine the smile you really want – at any age.

Your adult orthodontic problem may still be correctable. That’s because orthodontic forces and braces move teeth the same way for a 40-year-old as a 10-year-old. Dr. Radu can help you achieve the straight, attractive, confident smile you’ve always wanted.

Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists offer several aesthetically pleasing braces for adults in the Elmhurst & Downers Grove areas. A few reasons why adults choose orthodontic treatment include:

If you have avoided orthodontic care because you think you’re too old for braces or your smile is beyond help, talk to the team at Premier Orthodontics & Dental Specialists today! Click here to schedule a free consultation!

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