The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist as early as age seven. At this point, the orthodontist will evaluate whether your child will need orthodontic treatment.
Early treatment typically begins around age eight or nine. The goal of early treatment is to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems, such as under bite. Early treatment also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, lessening the chance of extractions in the future.
Receiving early orthodontic treatment as a child can help prevent the need for orthodontics as an adult, leaving little to no chance of extraction or surgery in the future.
If your child is between the ages of seven and eight and shows signs of needing orthodontic care, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment. Our team will provide your child with an initial exam, and discuss with you the best steps to take towards caring for your CHILD’S SMILE.
An orthodontist is the best judge to inform, when the right time to start orthodontic treatment for your child is. It depends on the problems presented. Some problems require orthodontic treatment to be started as early as seven years of age and some require Orthodontic treatment to only commence at 11-12 years of age. As a general rule it’s always better to start early.
You get better and stable results with shorter treatment duration and when treatment is started at the right age.