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The Right Age

Orthodontic Check-Up

The Right Time for an Orthodontic Check-Up: No Later than Age 7

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.



  • Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.

  • While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect.

  • A check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine. Or, the orthodontist may identify a developing problem but recommend monitoring the child’s growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child. In other cases, the orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.

  • Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. In some cases, the orthodontist will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.

  • Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to: Guide jaw growth

    Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
    Correct harmful oral habits
    Improve appearance
    Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face

  • Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.

    If your child is older than 7, it’s certainly not too late for a check-up.

    Because patients differ in both physiological development and treatment needs, the orthodontist’s goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time. 

Adult Orthodontics

If you are an adult patient in our practice, you are in good company. One third of our practice is adults. We take special care of our adult patients to provide the high-tech esthetic treatment such as Innovation-C clear brackets and Invisalign. 

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends treatment for adults, when appropriate, in conjunction with regular dental care.

Some of the reasons correction of orthodontic problems are important to adults:

• Can help prevent or improve periodontal problems
• Can help prevent or reduce further bone loss around teeth

• Improves ability of the dentist to restore missing teeth
• Improves aesthetics for a better smile and facial appearance

• Improves function of teeth
• Improves self-confidence and self-esteem
• Improves oral health


By working together, the dental team can achieve results for patients that cannot be produced alone.

Final treatment decisions should be made in consultation with the family dentist, the orthodontist and other specialists, if necessary. 

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