First Stop on Your Smile Destination
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child see an orthodontist by the age of 7. At this age, an orthodontist can identify subtle issues with jaw growth and erupting permanent teeth while some baby teeth are still present. Some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they are identified early, especially if your child has a thumb sucking or pacifier habit.
Early evaluation can provide both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems in appropriate cases. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
In most cases, early intervention will not be necessary, except for careful monitoring of your child’s dental development. This will give you peace of mind when it’s not clear to you whether an issue you see is really a problem or just a stage of development that doesn’t require intervention.