Meet Dr. Leaver and Dr. Gardner, your Centennial Hills Orthodontists

After working for his father’s orthodontic practice as a teen, Dr. Leaver, one of your Centennial Hills orthodontists, attended Brigham Young University for undergraduate studies, then received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from University of the Pacific. Dr. Leaver then attended the prestigious Saint Louis University, earning his Masters of Science in Orthodontics (MSD) before joining his father’s orthodontic practice in 2001.

Dr. Leaver keeps current on new technologies and changes in treatment philosophies and processes by pursuing continuing education courses in orthodontics and other oral healthcare topics through meetings, seminars, conferences, and lectures. This ensures his patients receive only the highest-quality orthodontic care.

Dr. Leaver has been a guest lecturer at the UNLV School of Dentistry for more than a decade, and also donates time to his church, community projects, coaching soccer, and volunteering for the Boy Scouts of America.

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Dr. Gardner obtained a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Brigham Young University, followed by his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Virginia Commonwealth University. After attending the University of Kansas-Missouri City and receiving a Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Dr. Gardner began his career in orthodontics, which has spanned more than a decade now.

Every year, Dr. Gardner takes multiple continuing education courses locally, regionally, and nationally to stay at the leading edge of orthodontics. He participates in hands-on lecturing, speaking engagements, and keeps on top of the latest published findings in order to deliver the highest quality of care and treatment options to his patients.

Dr. Gardner is actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America, and also supports the music, drama, and sports departments of local schools.

Both Dr. Leaver and Dr. Gardner are proud to serve families from North Las Vegas, Henderson, Centennial Hills, Summerlin, Las Vegas, and the neighboring communities.

Why an Orthodontist in Centennial Hills? Orthodontist vs. Dentist

An orthodontist is a dentist, but a dentist is not an Orthodontist. Not every dentist is qualified to be an orthodontist, even though every orthodontist starts as a dentist. Dr. Leaver and Dr. Gardner, like all orthodontists, had to continue their education for 2 or 3 additional years before receiving the necessary license and certification. Dr. Leaver and Dr. Gardner have spent years studying nothing but how and why to move teeth, as have all orthodontists. This includes what to do, how to plan, and how to execute the necessary treatment plan for you.

Why does it matter if you see your Centennial Hills Orthodontist?

Dentists receive basic orthodontic training so they can perform root canals, extract wisdom teeth, and treat young children who do not yet need to see an orthodontist. Specialists, on the other hand, receive additional training to give them the skills needed to deal with more difficult orthodontic problems.

Seeing a specialist like your Centennial Hills orthodontists may change your braces experience by:

  • Providing more treatment options, with a variety of braces or therapies to choose from
  • Having personal experience treating multiple cases that share your unique concern and anatomical characteristics.
  • More efficient treatment and visits, because it is the office’s focus area of care.
  • Knowing that you’ll receive the best possible outcome on your treatment plan, especially if you have severe bite discrepancies that need to be addressed.
  • Being seen more quickly, as a family dentist will be focused on longer patient cases or emergencies throughout the day.

While some individuals may think it’s easier to have their orthodontic work completed by their dentist, convenience shouldn’t be a barrier to seeing a specialist. You will only be stopping by your Centennial Hills orthodontists offices every six to eight weeks.

And don’t let price be a problem either! Leaver and Gardner Orthodontics is proud to provide affordable treatment in the Centennial Hills area.

Testimonials from Centennial Hills orthodontist patients

We visited Leaver and Gardner a few months ago to get a quote for braces. The office was a very pleasant and calm feeling. They were interested and cared about my daughter. They asked her some of her favorite things to get to know her. I felt at ease leaving that day knowing that she is in good hands! I would definitely recommend their services to others.

We love this office. We don’t spend more than 20 minutes from check-in to check out!!! I wish all doctor offices were like this. The staff is super friendly. My son loves going to his appointments. They make him feel very comfortable.

We love Dr. Leaver! He did a great job with my husband's teeth and things are going really well for our daughter. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Dr. Leaver thoroughly explains what the plan is and what the next steps are. My husband had to have a baby tooth removed and the adult tooth brought down and it worked like a charm. His teeth look great! He really took the time to get to know Derek and provided great service. Our daughter got her braces on a few months ago and we couldn't be happier with the service we have received so far with her.