While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they are treated early, when there is still a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth. For this reason the American Association of Orthodontists recommends having the first orthodontic visit at around age 7 to evaluate the severity of the problem. Some cases like “jaw” problems can sometimes be treated with dentofacial orthopedics, if detected early, to avoid surgery. 

Based on each individual case, the orthodontist can advise you as to the ideal time to begin treatment. This gives your orthodontist the best chance to:

•Guide/correct jaw growth

•Lower risk of trauma to protruded front teeth (front teeth sticking out)

•Correct harmful oral habits (finger sucking, tongue thrust)

•Improve appearance and self-esteem. 

•Create more space for crowded teeth. 

•Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life.