Early Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontist recommends children to have an orthodontic screening by age 7, in order to promote optimum facial growth and balance.

Most orthodontic treatment begins between the ages of 9 and 14, however by age 7, most children have a mix of adult and baby teeth. Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. That’s important, because some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they’re found early.

For these reason, the best time for your child to see an orthodontist is between the ages of 6 – 10 when their baby teeth are starting to fall out and permanent teeth are beginning to erupt. While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. Of course, the check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine, and that can be comforting news.