Optimal Age For Orthodontic Screening

Cypress TX OrthodontistOrthodontic screening can be done at any age. However, there is an optimal age for screening for orthodontics. Age seven is considered the optimal age for an orthodontic screening. There are several reasons for this:

  • By the time your child is 7, their first adult molars erupt which establishes their back bite.
  • Fair Lakes Family Dentistry can evaluate front-to-back, and side-to-side tooth relationships at this time.
  • During this time it can be determined if there is a possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles.
  • Beginning treatment around the age of 7 ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense.
  • The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems, or no later than age 7.

Be aware, that just because you have your child’s first screening at age 7, it does not mean that orthodontic treatment will be necessary at that time. However, through vigilant examination Fair Lakes Family Dentistry can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

Why not take advantage of your child being out of school this summer, and bring them in for an orthodontic evaluation. At Fair Lakes Family Dentistry, we offer conventional braces and Invisalign for your child’s teeth alignment. We will determine which is right for your child considering all of their dental and orthodontic needs. Call and book your child’s appointment with us today. We’ll look forward to seeing you this summer.

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