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Welcome to Peterson Orthodontics, a respected provider in your orthodontic care community. Located in Westminster Colorado, our practice's top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment. We utilize the latest technological advances in the industry, such as invisible ceramic braces and Invisalign, along with the latest in computer technology (digital imaging and advanced computer graphics) to ensure that you receive the most effective care possible.Shon J. Peterson, D.M.D., M.S.Dr. Peterson has been setting the highest standards of excellence in orthodontics for over 10 years. He earned his dental degree from Case Western Reserve University before earning his master's degree and specialized certification in orthodontics at the University of Detroit Mercy. An esteemed member of the orthodontic community, Dr. Peterson is an active member in many leading dental and orthodontic organizations, including the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists and the 5280 Study Club, to name a few. Early TreatmentWhen 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.Creating room for crowded, erupting teethCreating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growthReducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teethPreserving space for unerupted teethReducing the need for tooth removalReducing treatment time with bracesAdult TreatmentBraces aren't just for kids anymore. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups - including adults. A new smile can begin today.Orthodontic treatment at later 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.Good news! The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time and may allow you to choose from several options. Your options may include metal braces, translucent braces or transparent aligners that can be worn at night to improve mild cases of misaligned teeth.During the initial examination, we will be able to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. Call us today!