The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial orthodontic evaluation at the first sign of orthodontic problems, or no later than seven years of age.
If you have noticed that your child’s teeth seem crowded or misaligned, ask your dentist for a referral to an orthodontist.
At this young age, immediate orthodontic treatment may not be vital. However, close examination can determine the best time to begin orthodontic treatment.
It is never too early or late to have a complimentary consultation. If you think there might be a problem, make an appointment.
Reasons for a Check-Up
It isn’t always easy for parents to determine if their child requires an orthodontic solution. There are, however, a few signs or habits that may indicate a need for a check-up, no matter the age:
- Losing baby teeth too early or too late
- Difficulty when biting or chewing
- Breathing through the mouth
- Sucking on one’s finger
- Sucking on one’s thumb
- Jaws that shift or make noises
- Misplaced, crowded or blocked out teeth
- Teeth that do not meet, or meet abnormally
- Jaw and teeth out of proportion to the rest of the face
- Biting of the roof of the mouth or the cheeks
If you are concerned that your child or teen may have any of the above symptoms, contact your dentist or orthodontist to determine the best next steps.