Best Age for Treatment
What is the best age for my Child to begin Orthodontic treatment?
As a starting point, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends every child should receive an orthodontic examination by the age of seven. While treatment is not indicated for most children at this age, there are several orthodontic problems that do benefit greatly from early treatment. Letís take a look at some examples:
- Severe Dental protrusion
- Crossbites and underbites
- Harmful habits (thumbsucking, etc)
If your child does not exhibit an orthodontic problem that would benefit from early treatment, then most likely they will begin treatment between the ages of 10 and 13. The best time to start treatment for your child will be determined by their dental and skeletal development. Since many orthodontic problems are best treated while a child is growing rapidly, we often try to time treatment with their pubertal growth spurt.
At their initial consultation, they will be placed in our Growth & Development program. Through follow up evaluations we will closely monitor their dental development to determine the best time to begin orthodontic treatment. Our Growth and Development program is a complimentary service that we offer to our orthodontic families at no cost. In conclusion, it would be helpful to remember the following:
- It is recommended that your child receive their first orthodontic exam, by the age of 7. While most patients will be placed in our Growth and Development program, there a few orthodontic problems which need to be addressed at an early age.
- The ideal time for orthodontic treatment can vary greatly. However, with our Growth and Development program, we will be able to determine the best timing for your orthodontic treatment.
- Although it is not always feasible, our experience shows that most patients prefer to have orthodontic treatment completed before high school.