When should my child see an orthodontist?
The Australian Association of Orthodontists recommends that an initial orthodontic evaluation occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems and no later than seven years old. Although orthodontic treatment may not be necessary at this early stage, it is important to have a thorough examination so problems can be anticipated and corrected before it’s too late.
By the age of seven the first adult molars break through, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist will be able to evaluate the front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding, or gummy smiles. Catching these problems early can reduce the need for major orthodontic treatment later. And, if orthodontic intervention isn’t necessary at this early stage, we can carefully monitor the growth and development of your child's teeth and begin treatment when it is ideal.