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Apr
6

When Should a Child First Visit an Orthodontist?

Posted in Orthodontics

Have you noticed that your child’s adult teeth growing in, but starting to look crooked?  All of their friends seem to have braces. When should you take your child to an orthodontist for the first time?

The magic age to be seen for an initial consultation is 7 years old, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Why? Most tooth-alignment issues can be detected at this age and if early treatment is required, they will be able to address this before it becomes a larger problem.

What kinds of things are being evaluated in an initial orthodontic exam?

  • Spacing and Crowding of teeth
  • Alignment
  • Loss of baby teeth and adult tooth eruption
  • Overbite, Underbite, or Crossbite
  • Open bite up front
  • Protruding front teeth

What are some other considerations?

In some situations, all permanent teeth will need to be fully erupted before any orthodontic work can be done. Otherwise, some early interceptive treatment (called Phase 1) can help to make the entire orthodontic process quicker and easier for your child. This phase can be less invasive than if the tooth alignments are left to be treated at an older age and the Phase 2 process begins. For example, Phase 1 treatment could help a child with crowded teeth to avoid having permanent teeth pulled later.

Are you ready to have your child’s tooth alignment evaluated?

If your child is around the age of 7, make an appointment with your general dentist for an exam and a cleaning.  At that time, your dentist can evaluate whether or not your child will need an orthodontic consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Walton Orthodontics
2609 Peachtree Pkwy #C
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 663-0955

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