Orthodontics for Children
What's The Right Age?
Whether you choose metal braces, clear braces or invisible aligners, Elko Dental Specialists is the perfect place to explore all the options. In fact, our patients tell us they can see how passionate we are about their smiles and it's no wonder - we're thinking about smiles all day long.
Though orthodontics can enhance a smile at any age, the American Association of Orthodontics suggests that children be evaluated by the age of 7. At that age, we can advise you of any functional orthodontic problem and determine if treatment will be needed as well as the best time for treatment.
If the teeth are just crooked at an early age (when many baby teeth are left and a few adult teeth are in place), Dr. Gardner and Dr. Anderson will evaluate if any treatment is needed, and, if not, will monitor the child's growth and keep an eye on things until treatment is recommended. But they also understand that, in some cases, the self-esteem and confidence of the child make early treatment a good idea. We provide this initial exam and regular monitoring at no cost to you.