Early Orthodontic Treatment

Every Child Deserves a Healthy Smile

Giving your child or teenager the gift of a healthy, beautiful smile is an amazing thing. Not only will it improve their oral health, it will also boost their confidence, which, in turn, has a positive effect on all areas of their life. We offer a full range of orthodontic treatments, including clear aligners and braces for kids and teens in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. We also know just how busy families are today, so we always aim to make treatment as convenient and stress-free as possible. To find out if your child could benefit from orthodontic treatment, schedule a free smile assessment with a Richmond orthodontist and let’s get started!

Teen with Metal Braces

What’s the Best Age to Get Braces?

Every patient is unique. There are certain instances where intervening early when a child still has primary teeth will help prevent more serious issues from occurring. However, the majority of patients start treatment in their teenage years once most of the permanent teeth have erupted. Dr. Gardner, Dr. Tang and Dr. La Rochelle are experts at determining the ideal time to kick off treatment, which ensures kids and teens get beautiful, stable, lasting results.

Options for Every Smile

We offer advanced metal braces paired with lightweight archwires. Our younger patients tend to love metal braces because they have the option of choosing colorful elastics to go with them. For something more under the radar, clear braces are much less noticeable. If your child or teen isn’t into the idea of braces at all, we’re also a leading provider of Invisalign® Teen in Richmond. The system of clear, removable aligners is convenient, comfortable and effective!

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A Fun, Positive Experience

We make the experience positive and fun (really!). With our friendly team, bright office and fun perks like video games, in-office contests and a Kid’s Club, your child might actually look forward to coming in for appointments. Schedule a complimentary consultation for your child online or by calling us at (804) 282-0505 or texting us at (804) 577-1171.

Age 7

Schedule your child’s first orthodontic evaluation by age 7!


The most common age for kids to wear braces is between 12 and 15 years old.


Most kids will have lost all of their primary teeth by age 12.

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Every new smile starts with a complimentary consultation. Book your free exam with an expert orthodontist today!

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