As a parent, you want the best for your child’s health, and that includes their oral health. Many parents wonder when the right time is to bring their child in for an orthodontic evaluation. While most children don’t need braces until their permanent teeth have come in, it’s recommended that children see an orthodontist by age 7.

Why age 7?

By age 7, most children have a mix of baby and permanent teeth, which allows orthodontists to evaluate developing problems. Early evaluation doesn’t always mean early treatment, but it does give us a chance to monitor your child’s growth and development and catch potential issues before they become more serious.

What are the benefits of early evaluation?

  • Identify potential problems: We can detect issues like jaw misalignment, crowding, or bite problems early on.
  • Guide jaw growth: Early intervention can help guide the growth of your child’s jaw and create more space for their permanent teeth.
  • Reduce the need for extraction: In some cases, early treatment can help prevent the need for tooth extractions later on.
  • Simplify later treatment: Early intervention can make future orthodontic treatment shorter and more straightforward.
  • Boost confidence: Addressing orthodontic problems early on can improve your child’s self-esteem and confidence.

What happens during an early evaluation?

The first visit is typically a consultation. We’ll take X-rays and photos, examine your child’s teeth and jaw, and discuss any concerns you may have. We’ll then explain your child’s orthodontic needs and recommend a treatment plan if necessary.

Investing in your child’s smile

Early orthodontic evaluation is an investment in your child’s oral health and overall well-being. At Rueland & Barnhart Orthodontics, we’re committed to providing personalized care and creating beautiful, healthy smiles for children of all ages.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

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