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Why Age 7?

While orthodontic treatment most often begins between the ages of 11-14, some orthodontic problems are best corrected earlier. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child see an orthodontist by age 7 to check for bite problems that only orthodontic records can identify.

Many times the primary care dentist can spot these developing orthodontic problems and will refer for a consultation; however, sometimes the problems are hidden and can go unnoticed and can severely impact future orthodontic care. By age 7, the first set of adult teeth have typically erupted, and an orthodontic specialist can properly detect early warning signs and recommend the most timely, conservative, and effective correction of any such problems. Timing is often critical due to future tooth eruption and bone maturation that takes place between ages 7-12.

Benefits of a Free Evaluation

Early detection of orthodontic problems does not necessarily mean early treatment. When deemed appropriate, however, early intervention can minimize the need for more costly and extensive care later.

For example, making space for the permanent teeth (arch expansion) can often prevent them from getting stuck (impacted) in the jaw bone and allow for normal eruption. Because the growth of the jaws can be manipulated by the orthodontist at a young age, early treatment of a poor jaw relationship (bad bite) can often prevent the need for corrective jaw surgery at a later age. In addition, alignment of your child’s teeth at a young age can enhance self-esteem at an important time in social development.

Does My Child Need Orthodontics, and is Now the Right Time?

Many dental and skeletal problems are best treated during the early teenage years; however certain problems are best addressed at an earlier age. Our doctors will let you know when an orthodontic problem should be treated and what treatment options are available.

Can Invisalign Be Used?

As Northern Nevada’s Top 1% Elite Invisalign Specialists, Orthodontic Partners has an unmatched level of clinical experience in treating both children and adults with braces or clear aligners. To answer these questions and others, a complimentary examination is offered by Orthodontic Partners.

Exam Includes Evaluation of:

  • Teeth
  • Jaws
  • Gums
  • Smile
  • Facial Balance
  • Airway
  • Jaw-joints
  • and more

With four locations in Reno/Sparks, friendly staff, the best technology available, and highly trained orthodontists, Orthodontic Partners is Northern Nevada’s clear choice for orthodontics. We strive to make children and their parents comfortable and appointments fun, so that they enjoy visiting our offices and have a positive dental experience. We look forward to helping you and your child achieve their best smile!


Do the upper teeth protrude?

Excessive protrusion of the upper front teeth – “buck teeth” – is by far the most common orthodontic problem.

Is there a deep bite?

The upper front teeth cover the lower front teeth to much.

Is there an underbite?

The upper teeth fit inside the arch of the lower teeth.

Is there an open bite?

The child can stick his or her tongue between the upper and lower front teeth when the back teeth are together.

How is the spacing between the teeth?

Crowded or overlapped teeth or noticeable large gaps between teeth.

Do the midlines line up?

The spaces between the two upper front teeth and the two lower front teeth should line up with the bridge of the nose. When they do not, the probable cause is drifted teeth or a shifted lower jaw, resulting in an improper bite.