What age should my child see an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic assessment around the age of seven. At this age, your child’s back bite will be established, so we can catch potential orthodontic issues and stop them in their tracks.
Even if we don’t start treatment at this age, we can monitor the growth of your child’s smile and intervene at the opportune time.
Signs a child could benefit from orthodontic treatment
Not all signs of orthodontic need are obvious, which is why it’s important for your child to visit an orthodontist. That being said, here are some common sign your child could benefit from orthodontics:
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Crowded, misplaced, or unevenly spaced teeth
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Thumb or finger sucking past age 5
- Mouth breathing
- Jaws that click or shift
- Teeth that don’t meet together
- Jaws or teeth out of proportion to your child’s face
Early treatment options at Minnesota Orthodontics
If your child needs orthodontic treatment, we have a number of early treatment options at our clinic. One of our favorites is Invisalign® First. This is an Invisalign® treatment designed just for children that helps to make room for their current and incoming teeth.
Invisalign® First can prepare your child’s smile for braces, or remove the need for braces altogether!
We also have Damon™ Smile braces which are more comfortable than traditional braces and require fewer office visits, making them a wonderful choice for children.
Protect the health of your child’s smile
Book a free consultation at Minnesota Orthodontics to ensure your child’s smile is healthy and happy for years to come.