Orthodontics for Children
Although there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends a consultation with an orthodontist around age seven.
By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, which allows the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner, and avoid the potential need for surgery in more severe cases.
Early treatment allows the orthodontist to:
— Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches to create more space for crowded teeth
— Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaws and guide the permanent teeth while they emerge
— Avoid the need for permanent tooth extraction later in life
— Correct thumb-sucking habits and improve minor speech problems