About Orthodontics

Who Needs Orthodontic Treatment?

At Elko Dental Specialists, we’re experts at giving people the smile they deserve, which provides them with confidence that will last a lifetime. Of course, we can enhance your smile at any age, but there is an optimal time to begin your orthodontic journey to achieve the most efficient results possible. Our office provides complimentary initial examinations to determine the best course of treatment. We know that every case is unique, and requires an individual approach, so that you’re calm and comfortable throughout the entire experience.

When Should My Child Be Screened?

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that parents schedule their child’s first examination no later than age 7, to screen for early orthodontic growth or development issues. At or around this age, most children have developed their first permanent incisors and back molars, which will allow Dr. Gardner to examine the front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. Then, x-rays and diagnostic photographs of your child’s mouth will be taken, in order to create a personalized plan for treatment.

For some treatment, early intervention isn’t necessary. Other children may require orthodontic appliances, to prepare their jaw, teeth, and mouth for upcoming treatment. There are physical and behavioral indicators that your child may require early intervention including:

  • Early or late loss of teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or eating
  • An unbalanced facial appearance, such as a misaligned jaw
  • Crowded, misplaced, or hidden teeth
  • Persistent breathing through the mouth
  • Thumb or finger sucking late in childhood

Getting an orthodontic screening can drastically improve the quality of your child’s life if they do require early intervention. If not, it still provides you with the peace of mind and knowledge you need moving forward.

Advantages of Early Treatment

If your child has crooked teeth, a misaligned jaw, or another type of malocclusion, they are much more susceptible to unpleasant dental issues. An orthodontic consultation and subsequent treatment can reduce the risk of premature tooth loss, tooth decay, and gum disease. There are other benefits to starting treatment, such as:

  • Creating room for overcrowded teeth
  • Preserving room for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma or chipping to protruding front teeth
  • Limiting treatment time with braces
  • Guiding jaw growth to create facial symmetry

Call Elko Dental Specialists Today!

Whether you’re looking for an experienced orthodontist for your child, or want to improve your own smile with adult orthodontics, we’d love to help. We’re proud to serve patients in Spring Creek, Carlin, Battle Mountain and Wells, NV. Contact our office at (775) 753-6118 if you have any questions about our services, or want to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!