Orthodontics for Children
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. At this time it is easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems.
Early treatment allows your orthodontist to:
- Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaws so that they align properly
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
- Create more space for crowded teeth to help the adult teeth come in straight
- 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.
Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist:
- Early/late loss of baby teeth
- If your child has a hard time chewing or biting food
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
- 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
- An 'over-bite' (front teeth that are protrusive)
- An 'under-bite' (front teeth that fit behind the bottom front teeth)
Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. Early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.