There are several good reasons why adolescence is the optimal time for orthodontic treatment, though occasionally, even earlier intervention is called for.


Many adults realize that investing in a smile makeover can have significant benefits, socially and professionally, so there’s no such thing as being too old for braces.


Clear aligner technology has been improving over the years and can correct many malocclusions that once would have been too complicated for this form of treatment.


Loved Dr Richards John he was very knowledgeable and very nice my son really liked him. Staff was very nice, he is fully staffed. The office was very nice and cleaned modern. His prices was reasonable. I really recommend him I didn’t picked him for my son, because his down payment at this time for me was hi and the term was short

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Compassionate, yet friendly and efficient. Quality work

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Professional and kind staff. New building, knowledgeable DDS with reasonable prices

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  • Early Treatment

    Treatment for common orthodontic problems typically begins around age 9-14, when all of the baby teeth are gone and many of the permanent ones are in place.

  • Adolescent Treatment

    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 rapidly at this time.

  • Adult Treatment

    Many adults realize that investing in a smile makeover can have significant benefits, socially and professionally.

  • Invisalign

    Do you want straight teeth without the use of bulky brackets and wires? If so, consider getting Invisalign treatment from the Richards & Associates Orthodontics specialists here! By the end of our orthodontic care process, you’ll have the stunning smile you want and deserve.

  • Invisalign For Teens

    Thanks to clear aligner technology, many teenagers can finally say goodbye to traditional metal braces without compromising on their smile goals. With Invisalign for teens, they’re able to maintain their bright smiles every step of the way, preserving their confidence while their teeth get straightened.

  • Palatal Expanders

    Sometimes, you need prep work that helps create the space needed to transform your beautiful smile. Palatal expanders can help widen the upper jaw so your teeth have room to move into their proper positions.

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A lifetime of beautiful, healthy smiles begins here


Welcome To
Richards & Associates Orthodontics

Not only do we provide cutting-edge procedures, we do it with a smile! We want you to have a pleasant experience and look forward to your next appointment.

John M. Richards, DDS., M.S., is a Board Certified Orthodontist. He and our staff desire to give their patients the best orthodontic care available. At Richards & Associates Orthodontics, with convenient locations in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Florida, everyone is highly trained and experienced. This is just the beginning of what our office has to offer!

We understand the importance of a straight, beautiful smile, so we utilize the most state-of-the-art appliances. We have a variety of treatment materials, from traditional metal and ceramic brackets to invisalign®, to ensure that we have a perfect solution for you, regardless of your age or orthodontic needs.