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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children should have a checkup with an orthodontist no later than the age of 7 years old.

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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children should have a checkup with an orthodontist no later than the age of 7 years old.

Schedule your free appointment today for a child 7 years old or older.

WHY 7 YEARS OLD?

When you think of the most common age for wearing braces, you probably picture the pre-teen and teen years. If you have spent any time in middle schools or high schools, you tend to see a lot of kids sporting one of the many orthodontic options available today including the traditional metal braces and Invisalign aligners. Orthodontic care should start a lot earlier than this though.


According to the American Association of Orthodontists, everyone should have a checkup with an orthodontist no later than the age of 7 years old. This is so any potential problems can be spotted as early as possible. Through x-rays and a physical evaluation during the whole process of baby teeth being replaced by the permanent teeth, the orthodontist can spot emerging issues before they develop into full-blown problems.

Why 7 Years Old?

When you think of the most common age for wearing braces, you probably picture the pre-teen and teen years. If you have spent any time in middle schools or high schools, you tend to see a lot of kids sporting one of the many orthodontic options available today including the traditional metal braces and Invisalign aligners. Orthodontic care should start a lot earlier than this though.


According to the American Association of Orthodontists, everyone should have a checkup with an orthodontist no later than the age of 7 years old. This is so any potential problems can be spotted as early as possible. Through x-rays and a physical evaluation during the whole process of baby teeth being replaced by the permanent teeth, the orthodontist can spot emerging issues before they develop into full-blown problems.

BUT MY KID'S TEETH ARE STRAIGHT...

Even if your child’s teeth appear straight, there could be an underlying issue with the bite that only the orthodontist will catch. Don’t just wait for your child’s dentist to alert you to any possible problems. They might not always catch the more subtle issues that can pop with jaw growth or teeth movement that an orthodontist is trained to catch.

BUT MY KID'S TEETH ARE STRAIGHT...

Even if your child’s teeth appear straight, there could be an underlying issue with the bite that only the orthodontist will catch. Don’t just wait for your child’s dentist to alert you to any possible problems. They might not always catch the more subtle issues that can pop with jaw growth or teeth movement that an orthodontist is trained to catch.

What Happens at the Check Up?

An early checkup doesn’t necessarily mean that the orthodontist will recommend braces at an early age. At the checkup, the orthodontist may give the all clear sign and reassure you that your child’s bite seems to be developing fine or he or she may suggest monitoring your child’s oral health just in case problems do develop. If and when a problem develops then the orthodontist will recommend starting treatment. This may mean checking in with the orthodontist at regular intervals in addition to your child’s regular dental appointments. If at this initial checkup, the orthodontist does see an issue with the jaw or teeth, he or she will then prescribe early treatment.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE CHECKUP?

An early checkup doesn’t necessarily mean that the orthodontist will recommend braces at an early age. At the checkup, the orthodontist may give the all clear sign and reassure you that your child’s bite seems to be developing fine or he or she may suggest monitoring your child’s oral health just in case problems do develop. If and when a problem develops then the orthodontist will recommend starting treatment. This may mean checking in with the orthodontist at regular intervals in addition to your child’s regular dental appointments. If at this initial checkup, the orthodontist does see an issue with the jaw or teeth, he or she will then prescribe early treatment.

What if My Kid Needs Treatment?

While it may seem like overkill to have your seven year-old in braces, by treating any development issues early, the orthodontist can help prevent more serious problems from developing further down the line. The orthodontist will also have a chance to help guide jaw growth and tooth movement so that permanent teeth move into the correct position.


Certain issues can be resolved better if caught early like crossbites which can lead to teeth and bone damage. Also, sometimes early palatal expansion which widens the maxillary dental arch and the palate so that the upper jaw better matches the width of the lower jaw can prevent further dental issues and pain down the road.


In addition, because kids are still steadily growing at this age, treatment will be easier and more effective than attempting braces at a later phase of development. Other benefits include less risk of trauma to the mouth that can happen when the front teeth protrude, the ability to nip bad oral habits in the bud earlier and improve your child’s appearance. Often time jaw issues affect the shape of our face and how our lips meet.


Each patient is different so treatment paths will vary, but by scheduling an early orthodontic evaluation for your child, you can feel confident that you are doing everything possible for your child’s oral health.

WHAT IF MY KID NEEDS TREATMENT?

While it may seem like overkill to have your seven year-old in braces, by treating any development issues early, the orthodontist can help prevent more serious problems from developing further down the line. The orthodontist will also have a chance to help guide jaw growth and tooth movement so that permanent teeth move into the correct position.


Certain issues can be resolved better if caught early like crossbites which can lead to teeth and bone damage. Also, sometimes early palatal expansion which widens the maxillary dental arch and the palate so that the upper jaw better matches the width of the lower jaw can prevent further dental issues and pain down the road.


In addition, because kids are still steadily growing at this age, treatment will be easier and more effective than attempting braces at a later phase of development. Other benefits include less risk of trauma to the mouth that can happen when the front teeth protrude, the ability to nip bad oral habits in the bud earlier and improve your child’s appearance. Often time jaw issues affect the shape of our face and how our lips meet.


Each patient is different so treatment paths will vary, but by scheduling an early orthodontic evaluation for your child, you can feel confident that you are doing everything possible for your child’s oral health.

"Dr. Crespi was fantastic with my child! I'm so happy we brought Becky early to get checked up. We were able to resolve some major problems that could have developed!"

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