What Age Can My Child Begin Orthodontic Treatment?

Reasons for beginning orthodontic treatment

Sometimes tooth and jaw problems are caused by losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, or habits like thumb sucking. It’s also possible to inherit these problems. If someone in a person’s family needed braces, it’s likely their kids will too.

When teeth are misaligned, it can cause a wide range of side effects, such as:

  • Improper chewing leading to digestive problems
  • Speech impediments
  • Difficulty getting teeth clean leading to cavities or gum disease
  • Problems sleeping
  • Anxiety due to crooked teeth
  • Relieves tension-related headaches

The age a child should see an orthodontist

There is no set time for a child to begin orthodontic treatment. The orthodontists recommend that a child’s first visit be between 6 and 10 once their permanent teeth come in. An early evaluation helps the doctor check for an uneven bite and overcrowding.  

Even though your child sees an orthodontist, it doesn’t mean they will automatically need braces. The doctor uses a variety of treatments based on the severity of the misalignment. Some of those treatment devices include:

Schedule a Perfect Smile for Your Child

Straight, beautiful white teeth are everyone’s dream. A person’s confidence and, sometimes, livelihood depends on it. Make plans to see your dentist every six months to have your teeth cleaned and get x-rays. 

Contact Dr. Foote for a thorough check-up and see if Invisalign aligners are right for you.

Remember, “Use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile.” – Chinese Proverb

*Dr. Foote is a certified Invisalign provider. They are transparent, comfortable aligners that straighten your teeth in stages. Rather than using the traditional wires and brackets method, Invisalign uses 3D imaging to make and shape your aligners. Even children can qualify, if necessary.