THE RULE OF 7

All kids should get a screening with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.

NO DENTIST REFERRAL NEEDED FOR YOUR FIRST ORTHODONTIC SCREENING

Early diagnosis is the key to better treatment. Delaying an orthodontic consultation can lead to extended treatment times, cause a potential problem to get worse and limit results.

The best time for treatment is when an orthodontic problem arises, but as a general rule, age 7 is an ideal time to get an evaluation.

AAO orthodontic specialists have the skills and training to detect warning signs and can offer the best treatment at the right age. There is usually an optimal time in your child’s life to achieve the best results, so you won’t regret getting an early consultation.

  1. Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
  2. Help develop facial/jaw growth
  3. Correct harmful oral habits
  4. Reduce the severity of the case and subsequent future treatment
  5. Improve your child’s bite and self-confidence
  1. Crowded, misplaced or blocked out-teeth
  2. Thumb-sucking
  3. Jaws that are too far forward or back
  4. Breathing constantly through the mouth
  5. Difficulty in chewing or biting
  6. An unbalanced facial appearance

Orthodontists receive an additional two-to-three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align teeth and correct bites. Only those who successfully complete this formal education may call themselves orthodontists, and only orthodontists can be members of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Learn more: aaoinfo.org.