It’s a common misconception that only pre-teens and teenagers should see the orthodontist. But did you know, The American Association of Orthodontists actually recommends a check-up with an ortho specialist no later than the age of 7? It’s true! At Tasios Orthodontics, we’re here to clear up any confusion or uncertainty you have about when and why you should take your child to the orthodontist.

Is my child too young to go to the orthodontist?

Though many people consider orthodontic treatment during the pre-teen or teen years, it is actually beneficial (and often necessary) to have your child see an orthodontic specialist before they turn 7 years old, or before all of their permanent teeth have grown in. Now, if you’ve already missed the cut-off – don’t panic! Orthodontic treatment can start at any age from children as young as 6 to adults. There is no set age for a first-time orthodontic visit and a good orthodontist can straighten any smile (at any age!) and even spot subtle problems with oral health before all the permanent teeth have come in!

When can my child start orthodontic treatment?

Generally, orthodontic treatment will begin when a child has lost all of their primary (or baby) teeth and when the permanent (or adult) teeth have fully grown in. This will usually happen between the ages of 7 and 14. It’s helpful to bring your child to the orthodontist during the final stages of receiving their permanent teeth because these check-ups can reveal potential oral issues and allow the dentist to monitor tooth growth. Early visits to the orthodontists will give your child the benefit of a head start on early treatment. Early orthodontic treatment can save your child from future oral health issues because a good orthodontist can discover hidden problems with jaw growth, alignment, and emerging teeth before you can. At Tasios Orthodontics, our biggest priority is to make them (and you) feel comfortable and safe throughout the orthodontic treatment.

How can I tell if my child needs braces?

There are several ways to tell if your child needs braces including early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth. They may experience pain when chewing or overcrowding of new, permanent teeth causing discomfort in the mouth. Thumb or finger sucking can also indicate future issues in tooth alignment. One of the best ways to discover if your child needs braces is to simply bring them to the orthodontist for a check-up. If you can’t tell if your child is in need of braces, book an appointment with our team, and we’ll walk you through the process!

At Tasios Orthodontics, we believe nothing should stop you from smiling. Book your orthodontic appointment or FREE in-office or virtual consultation today!

“We’re here to make you smile!”

-Tasios Orthodontics