Orthodontics for Children

When should you start orthodontics for children?

Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age. There is an preferred time period to begin orthodontics for children. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the first orthodontic check up 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. However, vigilant examination can perdict the best time to begin treatment.

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and a better chance for more effective treatment. Effective intervention guides growth and development, avoiding serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

By the age of 7, the first adult molars come out, creating the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of new incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles.