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How early should children get an orthodontic evaluation?

A simple guideline we use is that children should be examined at the time the permanent teeth are beginning to come in(around age 7). However, every child is different, and the best starting time for orthodontic treatment depends on the type of problem and how severe it is. So the answer really is: "It depends."

If your child requires treatment, early intervention can make a real difference. We see the best results with treatments that would be impossible once your child's face and jaw have completely developed. Also, when started early, completion of treatment at a later age may be easier - let us evaluate your child's needs with regards to potential treatment alternatives.

During an initial examination, your dentist will evaluate your child's facial growth, spacing between teeth, crowding, extra or missing teeth. And they will look for habits like tongue-thrusting and thumb-sucking that may hinder normal growth and development. These problems can change tooth alignment as well as alter facial appearance.

If your child doesn't require any early treatment, we will do periodic follow-up exams while the permanent teeth are coming in and the face and jaws continue to grow.  Each time they are in for their dental hygiene appointments we will assess their orthodontic situation.

Orthodontic treatment can bring your child's teeth, lips and face into harmony. And we all know that a pleasing appearance and beautiful smile give children -and adults, a big advantage in life!

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