The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have a check-up by an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. By that age your adult front teeth have begun to erupt and problems can be detected such as crowding, habits, deep bites, open bites and some jaw discrepancies. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the child will need to undergo orthodontic treatment at that time, but it will allow you to determine if your child may need orthodontic treatment in the future.
Subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth can be determined even when the child’s baby teeth are still present, and while your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect.
Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. In some cases, treating a child early may allow us to achieve the results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.