While many people associate orthodontic treatment with the teenage years, the truth is that your child should receive an initial orthodontic screening no later than age 7. The American Association of Orthodontists® (AAO®) recommends an examination by this age in order to determine if your child requires early treatment and at what age any needed treatments should begin.

Your child’s initial orthodontic evaluation helps our orthodontist to:

This initial exam is designed to be comfortable so that your child can develop positive associations with visiting our orthodontist. During this appointment, we will perform an oral exam as well as an analysis of the bite, oral musculature and any skeletal deformities. X-rays may be taken, and we will discuss any poor oral habits that your child may have. We will then be able to determine whether early treatment is needed.

For more information about your child’s initial orthodontic exam and to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist, contact our office today.