While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven.
By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery.
— Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
— Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
— Create more space for crowded teeth
— Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
— Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems
For parents, it's not always easy to know if your child may need orthodontic treatment.
— Early or late loss of baby teeth
— A hard time chewing or biting food
— Mouth breathing
— Finger or thumb sucking
— Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
— Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
— Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
— Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
— Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
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