About Orthodontics

When To Have An Evaluation

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic evaluation at the age of seven. At this age the permanent first molars have erupted into the mouth as well as the upper and lower central incisors. This stage of tooth development allows Dr. Randall to evaluate the bite, spacing vs crowding and jaw development.

Recommendations for future treatment can be made at this time and in some instances early, preventative treatment may be necessary. 

When To Start Treatment

The best time to start treatment is determined on a case by case basis by Dr. Randall and your family dentist. Every child will lose all of their “baby” teeth and get their permanent teeth at their own genetic pace. However, the most common time for comprehensive orthodontic treatment is between the ages of 11-13. The exception would be those patients that require interceptive treatment between the ages of 7-10.

For most people, achieving a healthy, beautiful smile is the reason for receiving orthodontic care. If you are self-conscious about your smile, correcting your concerns with braces or aligners will greatly improve the way you look and feel.

When your treatment is complete, you will have the smile you’ve always dreamed of and the confidence to show it off! We also want you to feel comfortable and confident throughout your entire orthodontic experience, and our practice is dedicated to making sure that you receive the quality care you deserve.


The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist as early as age seven. At this point Dr. Randall will evaluate whether your child will need orthodontic treatment. Early treatment (also known as Phase One) typically begins around age eight or nine. The goal of early treatment is to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems, such as underbite or crossbite. Early treatment also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, lessening the chance of extractions in the future.

Advantages Of Interceptive Treatment

  • Prevention of damage and/or trauma to protruded “buck” teeth.
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Prevention of permanent tooth extractions.
  • Correction of bite problems that can cause asymmetric jaw growth.
  • Prevention of jaw surgery by correcting jaw imbalances.

Request A Free Consultation

Call today to set up your free one-on-one consultation with Dr. Randall. We want to help you smile with confidence!

Every child develops at their own pace and as you can see from the before and after pictures above sometimes a child may need early orthodontic treatment in Idaho Falls as young as nine. Conversely, not all children will need braces this young and may be able to wait until they are a little older or may even never require orthodontic treatment to fix their smile. Below we will discuss why early evaluation is important and the benefits it can provide along with the various braces options Randall Orthodontics offers for children and younger patients.

Contact Randall Orthodontics today if you’d like to schedule a consultation or need to make an early orthodontic treatment evaluation in Idaho Falls for your child.

Why Is Early Evaluation So Important?

As previously mentioned The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children get their first evaluation from a certified children’s orthodontics specialist in Idaho Falls around the age of 7. At this time, your child’s adult teeth will have started to come in. At this stage of development, your orthodontist will be able to catch potential issues such as abnormal jaw development, malocclusion, cross-bite, narrow jaw, overcrowding vs. spacing, etc. These types of orthodontic issues can hamper normal bite and tooth development which could result in a crooked smile, damaged teeth, or a “bad” bite. If any of the previous issues are identified by your Idaho Falls orthodontist, he or she may recommend partial braces, full braces or even a type of retainer depending on the severity of the dental issue.

It’s beneficial to the child’s orthodontic health if any dental issues are caught early on while the bones are still growing. For example, before early orthodontics treatment in Idaho Falls or what is also known as interceptive orthodontics was popular, if a person’s teeth were overcrowded, the orthodontist would solve this by removing a few of the permanent teeth in order to fit the rest of teeth together correctly. Now with interceptive orthodontics, orthodontists can take advantage of the growing bones to position the teeth properly at a younger age without removing any permanent teeth.  


  • Early or late loss of baby teeth (your child should typically start losing teeth around age five, and will have all permanent teeth around age 13)
  • Difficulty chewing and/or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Your child continues sucking his/her thumb after age five
  • Speech impediments
  • Protruding teeth (the top teeth and the bottom teeth extend away from each other)
  • Teeth that don’t come together in a normal manner or even at all
  • Shifting of the jaw when your child opens or closes his or her mouth (crossbites)
  • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight

For children who don’t need early treatment, Dr. Randall will monitor the eruption of the permanent teeth. Dr. Randall will see your child periodically, at no charge, to determine the right time and option for orthodontic treatment. 

If your child is between the ages of seven and eight and shows signs of needing orthodontic care, or if you have been directed by your family dentist to visit the orthodontist, please contact our practice, and schedule an appointment. Our team will provide your child with an initial exam and discuss with you the best steps to take toward caring for your child’s smile.

Girl holding model of human jaw with dental braces - About Orthodontics

Types of Children’s Orthodontic Treatments in Idaho Falls

There are many orthodontic solutions to treat dental issues at an early age. From braces to retainers and everything in between, depending on your child’s needs will determine the treatment plan your orthodontist recommends. In some cases, a baby tooth may need to be removed in order to help the permanent teeth erupt into the desired position. Whatever the case, contact Randall Orthodontics to schedule a consultation about what treatment option will be the best for your child. The goal at Randall Orthodontics is to utilize this stage of development in the most advantageous way. The point of early orthodontic treatment  is to reduce treatment time not extend it, so you can rest assured that all treatment plans will be performed during the most favorable conditions.

If your child does require braces, he or she will be able to choose from the following options, as long as they have been approved by your early children’s orthodontist in Idaho Falls.

  • Traditional (Metal Braces) – This is the type of braces that many of us envision when discussing braces. Using two main components, wires and brackets, traditional braces move teeth by applying pressure. Traditional braces are usually the most affordable type of braces and can be used to treat both simple and complex dental issues.
  • Self-Ligating Braces (The Damon System) – Self-ligating braces are designed to move the teeth in the same way that traditional braces do with wires and brackets. However, these braces use clips to hold the wire in place rather than the rubber band tie system. Self-ligating braces are designed to work faster than traditional braces and are said to be less painful than other types of braces currently available.
  • Ceramic Braces – Ceramic braces are another common type of braces that many teenagers and children like to use since they are the same color as the teeth, thus making them less noticeable than traditional braces.  Ceramic braces work exactly the same way as metal braces, the only difference is that they are less noticeable and can be a little more expensive than traditional metal braces.
  • Clear Aligners – These “clear braces” in Idaho Falls work to straighten the teeth by using customized clear trays that have been created using the patients teeth and x-rays. These trays are work as a system that slowly moves the teeth into position without the need for brackets and wires. Clear aligners or invisible aligners can be taken off while eating and brushing teeth.

If you’re child is seven or older and has yet to have receive an early orthodontic evaluation in Idaho Falls, call Randall Orthodontics today to make an appointment at your earliest convenience.


There are several good reasons why adolescence is the optimal time for orthodontic treatment. One has to do with the development of the teeth: There’s no set timetable for every child, but generally by the age of 11-13 the baby teeth have all been lost, and the permanent ones have come in. This is the time when we can go to work correcting the problems that cause a bad bite, improper tooth spacing or poor alignment.

Orthodontic problems don’t improve with age — they simply become harder to treat. It’s easier to treat many orthodontic problems during adolescence because the body is still growing. Whether we use the Damon Smile system or a combination of appliances like palatal expanders and Damon braces, we can create an improved appearance and function in a short period of time. In later years, when the bones of the face and jaw are fully developed, many conditions become more difficult (and costly) to treat.

There’s even a social element to getting orthodontic treatment in adolescence. If you need braces, you’re not alone! When it’s done, you’ll have a smile that you can really be proud of, and benefits that will last your whole life.


We’re seeing more and more adult orthodontic patients these days, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Appliances that are barely noticeable have been developed to give adults more discreet choices when it comes to orthodontic treatment. And many adults realize that investing in a smile makeover can have significant benefits, socially and professionally. Straightening teeth can be an important part of that confidence-boosting makeover process.

Healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so there’s no such thing as being too old for braces. However, orthodontic treatment for adults is different in two important respects: First, the growth and development of the jaws is complete in adults, so changes in actual jaw structure can’t be accomplished with orthodontic appliances in the way they can with a growing child.

Second, periodontal (gum) disease is more prevalent in adults than in children. While you are wearing the orthodontic appliances, gentle forces will be applied to your teeth so they can move through their surrounding bone. Periodontal health plays a key role in all of this; if the gum tissue is not healthy during orthodontics, bone loss can result and weaken the long-term prognosis of your teeth. To maintain your periodontal health, you will need to make sure to have regular professional cleanings during treatment while maintaining good oral hygiene at home.


Wearing a retainer after orthodontic treatment is crucial, no matter which type of appliance you choose and what age you happen to be. Teeth that are not held in place by a retainer long enough for new supporting bone to develop around them can drift back to their original positions, and that’s certainly not something we — or you — want to see happen. We will make sure to instruct you on how to retain your new, more beautiful smile so that it continues to make you look and feel great for years to come.

Request A Free Consultation

Call today to set up your free one-on-one consultation with Dr. Randall. We want to help you smile with confidence!

Examples of Treatment

Before After
Before After
Before After
Skip to content