Interceptive Treatment | Bend & , Oregon

Early Treatment

Dr. Sullivan normally recommends treatment only after all the adult teeth have erupted, around the age of 12. However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child be evaluated between the ages of 7 and 9. At that early age, it’s possible to determine if there are issues related to the child’s growth that should be addressed sooner rather than later. In most cases, Dr. Sullivan will recommend waiting, but in some cases he will recommend early, interceptive treatment. With early treatment we can take the least invasive approach to everything – from making room for adult teeth to guiding the growth of the jaw. Addressing these things while their bones are growing gives us the ability to address things that, left unchecked, could require more invasive approaches in the future.

For kids who don’t need early treatment we’ve created our Growth & Guidance program. If your child isn’t ready for treatment they’re perfect for this program. We’ll see them at least once a year, at no charge, to monitor their growth and determine the right time and options for treatment. Plus, they will learn great habits that will help them maintain a healthy, beautiful smile throughout their life.

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Orthodontic Treatment Options

Invisalign Bend OR | Sullivan Orthodontics


Outstanding results with virtually invisible treatment.


Damon Clear 2

Outstanding results with virtually invisible treatment.


H4 Braces

Fast and biocompatible braces to achieve beautiful, wide Sullivan Smiles.