If your child’s dentist has recommended that they need to see an orthodontist at a young age, don’t be alarmed. The AAO (the American Association of Orthodontists) recommends that children be examined by an orthodontist by the age of 7.
You may be thinking, “Why? Won’t they just need braces again if we do them now? Can’t we just wait?”
The reason behind the AAO’s recommendation of an orthodontic evaluation by age 7 is as follows: By age 7, the 6-year molars and a few front permanent teeth have usually erupted. Sometimes, these teeth erupt into positions that can be harmful such as a crossbite, where the bottom teeth sit in front of the top teeth. If this situation occurs, children can develop recession, where the gum tissue pulls away from the tooth.
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