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Did you know your child should see an orthodontist at age 7?

Whether your teen prefers metal braces, clear braces, or invisible aligners, we have teens covered!



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The American Association of Orthodontist recommends

All children should have an evaluation appointment with a qualified orthodontist no later than age seven.

What is the Ideal Age for Braces?

1. When permanent teeth are present

Permanent teeth are the ones that should stay in your mouth for a lifetime. Not all permanent teeth have to be visible in a patient’s mouth for treatment time to be ideal. Sometimes teeth become stuck and will not come in unless they have professional help. The “let’s wait and see” is a dangerous game to play without x-rays and knowledge of proper tooth loss patterns.

2. When a child is still growing

An orthodontist may use rubber bands that, when worn as directed, help guide the jaw to a more desirable position. On average, girls experience a growth spurt around age 10-13 with boys following behind at 12-15. Although orthodontic treatment can be completed at any age, placing braces during adolescent growth is ideal. After a patient is done growing, surgery may be the only option to correct jaw and bite issues.

3. When the child is excited for braces

It may seem simple and for some parents, unimportant, however the child’s excitement may be one of the biggest contributing factors to timing for braces. You and the orthodontist will need your child to follow directions: proper homecare- brushing, flossing or waterpik use, wearing elastics and wearing retainers when treatment is complete. An excited kid is much more willing to take care of their braces, without you reminding them constantly, than one that refuses treatment.

How to Tell if Your Child Needs Early Orthodontic Treatment

Not all children will need early orthodontic treatment, but there are some red flag warning signs that your child is a suitable candidate for braces.

  • Protruding teeth – top and bottom teeth stick out, away from each other
  • Crowded teeth by age seven
  • A misaligned bite
  • Thumb or finger sucking after age five
  • Mouth breathing/tongue thrusting habit
  • Speech impediments
  • Problems biting and chewing food
  • Crossbite - top teeth tucked inside bottom teeth when biting

“Excellent service. Wonderful staff. They really care about the outcomes of their clients. Made my daughter feel very special and right at home.”

Rene G.

“Stork Orthodontics is the best around! I was super nervous about being an adult with braces, but Dr. Stork made me feel confident about my new smile. Every time I arrive, I am greeted promptly by name and with a smile! You will not find happier, kinder staff anywhere you go.”

Ashley S.

“We LOVE going to Stork Orthodontic! Everyone is very friendly and they truly make you feel comfortable and lIke your part of the family. So glad we chose Stork Orthodontics!”

Jewell J.

Dr. Jim Stork

West Des Moines, IA orthodontist, Dr. James T. Stork is devoted to creating your sensational Stork Smile! Deciding to become an orthodontist was an easy career choice. Before college, Dr. Stork used his high school graduation money so that he could get braces to straighten his teeth. Dr. Stork loved his experience at the orthodontist and the confidence his new smile gave him. At that point he knew he had to become an orthodontist to change lives by providing sensational smiles while building relationships that last a lifetime.

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West Des Moines, IA 50266


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