The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child have an orthodontic exam by age seven. This does not necessarily mean that they will receive orthodontic care at this age. In fact, we rarely begin treatment at this age and instead often place our patients in our observation program so that we can continue to monitor them as they grow and mature. This allows us to determine the ideal time to begin treatment.

If treatment is indicated at an early age, we will review your different options and the benefits of beginning treatment. Treatment at this age is called “Phase I Treatment” or “Interceptive Orthodontics” because it allows us to address specific problems that may become more severe down the road. Some patients are able to avoid a second phase of orthodontic treatment whereas others will need braces again when all the adult teeth are present.