Children of any age are welcome to come to our practice to be seen. However, there is an ideal age for all children to visit us for the first time: on or around their seventh birthday. This age is suggested by the American Association of Orthodontists because by this time, enough permanent teeth should have erupted to make any significant problems clear, and with early treatment, surgery can be avoided.
Parents should not attempt to determine if their child needs treatment or not as many orthodontic problems that are clear to trained professionals are not easy for those without training to see. However, there are certain signs that may indicate a more urgent need for a visit. These include:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A hard time chewing or biting food
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
- Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
- 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
- Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
No matter if you notice these problems or not, if your child has turned seven, it is time to be seen. Contact us to schedule a consultation.