The Right Time for an Orthodontic Check-Up:
No Later than Age 7
Even though most people think of pre-teens and teens when they think of
orthodontics, there are good reasons your child should get an orthodontic
evaluation much sooner. The American Association of Orthodontists
recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.
Why Your Child Should Get An Orthodontic Check-up
No Later Than Age 7:
• We 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 we can detect.
• The check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine. Or, we 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, we 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, we will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
• Early treatment may give us 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, our goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.
American Association of Orthodontists