An orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, but there is often an optimal time to begin treatment. By starting treatment at the appropriate time, we ensure the best overall result with the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems - usually around age 7. This does NOT mean that orthodontic treatment will be necessary this young! Early examination, however, allows us to anticipate any developing problems and then plan the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
Creating space for crowded, erupting teeth
Creating facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth
Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
Preserving space for unerupted teeth
Preventing the future removal of permanent teeth
Reducing the amount of time needed wearing full braces or aligners
Stopping a finger or thumb habit
Of course not all children will have a need for early treatment. For many, the optimal time to start orthodontics will be when all or almost all of the permanent teeth have erupted.