When Should My Child First See the Orthodontist?

Posted on 09/10/2016 by Dr. Lovrovich
A young boy with a pair of braces on his teeth.

Orthodontics are not just about changing the way your smile looks; it is also about setting your smile up to be healthy throughout your lifetime. Some orthodontic problems are treated more easily at a younger age, and early treatment can prevent major problems in the long-run. So when is the best time for your child to go to the orthodontist?

What Age is the Best Time to Start?

According to the American Associations of Orthodontics, children should have their first appointment around seven years old for a preliminary screening. By this time, many children are starting to get their permanent teeth, and it is a good time for an orthodontist to evaluate how their teeth and jaw are going to develop.

While treatment might not start right away, we can start forming treatment plans for your child to help guide the development of their teeth and jaw as they grow older.

What Happens if My Child Is Already Older Than Seven?

If your child is older than seven and still has not had their first orthodontist appointment, it is never too late for treatment to begin. Adults can also start orthodontic treatment to get the smile they want or to fix dental problems that were not treated earlier. However, you can set your child up for successful dental health by setting up an appointment for their first orthodontic check-up.

What Types of Orthodontic Treatments Are There?

If you are looking to set up your child’s first orthodontic check-up, you may be wondering what types of treatments will be discussed during the appointment. This will largely depend on your child’s individual situation, but here are some common orthodontic treatments:

  • Braces
  • Spacer maintainers
  • Orthodontics appliances
  • Surgical correction.

Contact our office today at (206) 501-4566 if you have questions about starting orthodontic treatment for your child.

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