Orthodontic problems must be diagnosed before treatment begins. Diagnosis involves taking photographs, x-rays, and dental impressions. Dr. Stephens will use this information to work up a tailored treatment plan for each patient’s individual needs. Depending on age and the severity of the orthodontic problem, treatment can last from 6 months to several years. The best outcomes are a collaborative effort on the part of the patient, the parent and the orthodontist.