At What Age Should Children See An Orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children be seen by an orthodontist by age seven. The reason for this is to evaluate growth and development and to intercept any developing problems. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding and other problems can be evaluated.
When treatment begins early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, decrease the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.
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Orthodontics For Kids / Teens