The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children to receive an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. Usually by this age, the first permanent molars have erupted allowing the anteroposterior and transverse occlusal relationships to be evaluated. Also, permanent incisors start to erupt. This does not necessarily mean that treatment should be started at this age and often times, if treatment is needed, it is not initiated until later. However, there are certain problems that have the best prognosis if treated early.
Early treatment may prevent or intercept a more serious problem from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complex. Certain treatment results can only be achieved in children whose jaws and facial structures are still growing and developing.
If your child is older than 7, it certainly is not too late to schedule for an orthodontic evaluation. Because each child’s growth and development, physiological age, dental age, and treatment needs can be different, it is our goal to provide the appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.
Common problems detected in children: