Orthodontics

Orthodontics will give your child a better bite. Straight teeth will give your little one a beautiful and confident smile. They will also improve jaw function and posture.

When we approach orthodontic treatment, we consider the following goals:

  • An attractive smile
  • Jaw health
  • Better breathing
  • Bite harmony

A properly aligned smile can prevent many potential problems. To learn more about our pediatric orthodontic options, read on below or contact Sierra Kids Dentistry today.

When should my child have an orthodontic evaluation?

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that every child has a screening by age 7. That’s because most 7-year-olds have fairly developed jaws that tell your dentist a lot about what your child faces in the future. With a quick orthodontic screening, the Sierra Kids team can tell you if there are any serious bite problems in your child’s future.

We can look for crossbite, overbite, and underbite. We can think ahead so that everyone knows what to expect for the future.

Many young patients have a great bite with no concerns whatsoever. Some have obvious bite problems but do not require treatment for a few more years, after the jawbone and teeth have developed a little more. It is beneficial for parents to know what their child needs early so that we can stay on top of the issue and begin budgeting and treatment planning now.

Why should a child have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7?

Research has shown that most orthodontic problems are significantly easier to correct while the child’s skeleton is still growing and flexible. Instead of moving permanent teeth after they have already settled in, we can prepare the way for straight and beautiful permanent teeth. We want to give your child’s smile plenty of space to grow properly. A healthy mouth is less susceptible to decay, disease, and jaw pain.

Dr Gray works with the most qualified orthodontists in Reno and will work together with you to determine the best time to refer your kiddo for a consultation.