For All Ages

Orthodontics for Children 5 to 10 Years Old

Approximately 30% of our patients are between 5 and 10 years old.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends you have your child undergo his or her first evaluation between the ages of five and seven.

Early treatment

  • Improves jaw growth to allow permanent tooth eruption
  • Reduces the number of permanent tooth extractions
  • Corrects thumb sucking and helps improve speech

Indications for early treatment

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Crowded baby teeth or permanent teeth
  • Jaws that pop when opening or closing
  • Crossbite of permanent or “baby teeth”
  • Small jaws and large teeth

Orthodontics for Teens 13 to 19 years Old

Approximately 50% of our patients are teenagers.


Orthodontics for Adults

Approximately 20% of our patients are adults.

Common reasons why adults consider treatment

  • A bad bite or malocclusion, which causes teeth to fit together incorrectly
  • Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly leading to tooth decay or gum disease
  • Abnormal jaw pain or clicking of joints
  • Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile

Treatment options

  • Traditional metal braces
  • Clear braces
  • Aligners or a series of aligning trays


Richard E. Dunn, DDS, MS (559) 625-3030
101 W. Tulare Ave
Visalia, CA 93277