Posted on November 10, 2020
But 7 is so young! He just started losing teeth! He still has baby teeth!
Yes, we have heard these comments before, but your elementary student is at the perfect age to start seeing an orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic exam by the time a child is 7 years old. Relax. This is just to start checking things out, not necessarily to fit your child for brackets and wires.
At this age, your child’s mouth, face, and jaw are still developing so if there are issues such as small jaw size, poor placement of permanent teeth, or harmful oral habits, there is time to correct problems and guide growth. Once the bones of the face and jaw have finished growing, it is harder, and sometimes not even possible, to achieve the same results as with early orthodontic interventions.