When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children see an orthodontics specialist no later than age seven. Usually by this age, some of the permanent teeth have erupted and orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and bite development while baby teeth are still present.
Early interceptive treatment can prevent more serious issues from arising, as well as harness the child’s growth potential to correct the problems before they become permanent. By treating these issues early, you can decrease the severity of the problem, lessen treatment time, and in some cases, prevent further orthodontic care all together.
Early treatment will give your orthodontist the chance to lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth, correct harmful oral habits, guide the growth of the jaw and steer permanent teeth into a more favorable position. If your child is older than age seven, it is not too late for a checkup. All children develop at a different pace, and the goal of the orthodontist is to treat each patient with the most appropriate modalities at the most optimal time.