When Does a Child Begin Orthodontic Treatment?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children be seen by a dentist within 6 months of eruption of the first tooth or 12 months of age, whichever comes first.

It is also recommended that the proper age for a child’s first orthodontic consultation is no later than the age of seven.

With regular visits, pediatric dentists monitor a child’s orthodontic needs and can do preventative interception earlier in a child’s oral growth to enable a less aggressive orthodontic process later.

Malocclusions, also known as “Bad bites”, can be recognized as early as 2-3 years old. Stage 1-Early Treatment, which is concerned with the underdeveloped dental arches, harmful habits such as finger or thumb sucking, or the premature loss of primary teeth, is often very successful and sometimes can eliminate the need for future orthodontic/orthopedic treatment.

Stage II-Mixed Dentition, covers ages 6-12 when the permanent incisor (front teeth) and 6 year molars erupt. It is concerned with jaw mal-relationships and dental realignment problems. It is an excellent stage to begin orthodontic treatment.


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