The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive their first orthodontic evaluation at age 7[1]. While it doesn’t always mean treatment is needed right away, this early assessment offers numerous benefits:

  1. Future Treatment Planning: Dr. Rangiani can determine if orthodontic treatment may be required later and closely monitor your child’s facial and jaw growth over time.
  2. Early Intervention: If a problem is detected, treatment can start early, taking advantage of your child’s growth for effective modification[1].

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The AAO identifies specific cases where early treatment is crucial to prevent complications in your child’s bone structure and growth[1]:

  • Overbites and Underbites: When upper and lower teeth are misaligned.
  • Crossbites: A narrow jaw can lead to breathing issues and cause the jaw to shift to one side.
  • Crowded Teeth: Expanding the jaw may be necessary to create more space.
  • Severe Spacing and Gaps: Addressing large gaps between teeth.
  • Missing or Extra Teeth: Ensuring proper dental development.
  • Incorrect Bite: When teeth don’t meet or cause trauma while closing.
  • Harmful Habits: Addressing thumb-sucking, which can impact jaw growth.

Don’t wait to set your child on the path to a lifetime of healthy smiles. Schedule an orthodontic evaluation at age 7 to give them the best start in dental health.

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