18325 SW Alexander St.
Aloha, Oregon 97003 | T: 503.642.5666
1550 St. Helens St.
St. Helens, Oregon 97051 | T: 503.397.2813
118 A Street West
Rainier, Oregon 97048 | T: 503.556.6401

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"Dr. Phillips is a wonderful doctor. He is so good with children. My daughter feels at ease with him and can’t wait to get a retainer (It’s not time yet). Everyone in the office is so kind and helpful."

- Christine P.
"We’re so thankful that Dr. Phillips takes the time to explain things and to answer any and all questions. The front office staff has always been friendly to my son which helps ease his fears."

- Sue M.
"Dr. Phillips and his team have done a wonderful job of putting my son’s anxiety about braces at ease by giving him honest answers that he can understand."

- Kristol C.
"You all do an incredible job. We love coming in. My son looks forward to seeing the staff and so do I!"

- Jaime H.
"Everything was perfect. Everyone is extremely polite, friendly and totally on the ball. Dr. Phillips is excellent with the care he gives and provides complete comprehensive explanation and any available options."

- Tanya J.
"We love this office and everyone in it! The best dental experience ever!"

- Grant S.
"Everyone at the office made me feel comfortable and special. I appreciate the excellent service from the front desk, the assistants and Dr. Phillips."

- Melissa C. (adult patient)
"If you're looking for an orthodontist that will treat you with care and compassion, Dr. Phillips is the one for you! Not only is he excellent in his field, his staff is top notch in their care as well! We always recommend him to everyone that we know."

– Edward J.
"Dr. Phillips' office is like one big family, and every time you visit them, it's like you are part of that family, too!"

– Ryan S.

Early Treatment

When is the best time to begin orthodontics?

Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest 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.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?

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.

Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?

By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.

What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces

Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.

Why should malocclusions be treated?

According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:

  • Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
  • Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
  • Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
  • Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.

Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier you.