The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child should have their first orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7.
Why Your Child Should Get An Orthodontic Check-up No Later Than Age 7:
- Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present
- While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect
- The check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine. Or, the orthodontist may identify a developing problem but recommend monitoring the child’s growth and development, and then if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child. In other cases, the orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment
- Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated
- In some cases, the orthodontist will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing
- Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Improve the way lips meet
- Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile
Because patients differ in both physiological development and treatment needs, the orthodontist’s goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.
© 2012 American Association of Orthodontists.