Orthodontic Check-up by Age 7
When is the right time for my child’s first orthodontic visit?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first visit to the orthodontist by age 7. What is the reason for this recommendation?
By looking at the teeth and jaws by age 7, an orthodontist will be able to determine:
- If your child has the correct number of teeth- sometimes there are too many or too few, and this is good to know from an early age
- If your child’s teeth are coming in properly, or if some teeth are coming in incorrectly or are on their way to becoming impacted (stuck in the jaw bones)
- If there are any jaw growth problems, such as underbites, overbites, crossbites. Some of these problems are best treated before adolescence for the highest chance of success
- If there are any harmful habits, such as thumbsucking, that would benefit from being addressed at an early age
An orthodontist will be able to look at your child and evaluate whether or not the teeth and jaws are developing normally. For some orthodontic problems, early detection is critical to a successful outcome. Having your child evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7 is a simple step to ensure that any impending problems can be addressed early, if necessary.