The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven years.
Does this mean that all children will start orthodontic treatment by the age of seven?
Absolutely not! There are some cases which early (Phase I) treatment is necessary, but this is made on a case by case basis. We will make every effort to do ONE PHASE of treatment at our office, but in some cases treatment may be indicated and more beneficial at younger age.
What kinds of problems do you look for in an orthodontic exam?
Examples of potential problems include:
- Early or late loss of teeth
- Difficulty chewing
- Finger/thumb habits
- Jaw dysfunction
- Sunken or protruding jaws
- Missing permanent teeth
- Impacted teeth
- Facial asymmetry
- Protruding teeth
What is the ideal age to begin orthodontic treatment?
The truth is that it is different for everyone depending on the problems that need to be corrected and the development of the teeth.
Is too late for an adult to have orthodontic treatment?
It is never too late to have orthodontic treatment. Today more adults than ever are choosing to have orthodontics- and the new cosmetic options make it easier than ever before to have treatment!