The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems
or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but early examination can help treat issues with poor or irregular growth and development of the teeth and jaws.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
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 an orthodontist can detect.
The check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine. Our doctors 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, we will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have
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