What is the ideal age to see an orthodontist?
- The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be evaluated at age seven, or younger if a problem is noted.
- This enables the orthodontist to guide a child's jaw and teeth during their most active growing stages.
- Research has shown that facial development can be most affected between the ages of 7 and 11.
These behaviors may warrant Early Orthodontic Treatment:
- Grinding of teeth
- Popping or clicking of the jaws or any difficulty chewing
- Breathing with open mouth
- Habits which involve placing fingers or objects in the mouth
- Difficulty closing lips over teeth (when a child smiles they appear to show too much gum)
Early Treatment Can Prevent:
- Crowding and the extraction of permanent teeth
- Surgery to correct jaw malalignments
- Unsightly facial imbalance
- Braces at an older age
- Poor self-esteem resulting from crooked teeth