One of the most common questions parents ask me is “When is the appropriate time for my child to visit an orthodontist?” That is a great question to ask, because the answer might surprise you.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should have their first visit to an orthodontist by age 7. Why? Because at age 7, most children are beginning to grow their permanent teeth, and many times there are problems with crowding, crossbites, or thumb sucking habits. So even though there are hardly any permanent teeth in the mouth, an orthodontist consultation at the age of 7 will provide parents with valuable information so that they can give their children the best possible care.
Most children at age 7 are not even ready for orthodontic treatment, but an orthodontic consultation will empower the parents by learning if there are any issues that will need attention either now or in the future, or not at all.