When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

“When should my child see an orthodontist?” In general, the answer is by age seven. 

Notably, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children visit the orthodontist no later than age seven. Why this number? Because that’s when their first adult molars have grown. However, if you notice something that concerns you, it’s a good idea to check with an orthodontist, even if it’s earlier than age seven.

In cases where a child hasn’t seen an orthodontist by age eight, it’s not too late for a check-up.

Before the age of seven, kids should see a family dentist for routine cleanings and to ensure oral health. As the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends, kids’ dental visits should start around their first birthday.

Dr. Deborah A. Himelhoch, DDS MS, MMSc, is a board-certified orthodontist with over 37 years of experience. She’s a board-certified orthodontist and also board-certified in pediatric dentistry. Thus, kids and people of all ages can get the best care at Smiles in Framingham.

Giving Kids the Best Start for Beautiful, Healthy Smiles

An orthodontist will assess your child’s smile for any red flags that could suggest early treatment. In many cases, it won’t be necessary. However, if there are signs of potential bite problems, you can catch them before they worsen. 

Thus, early intervention can mean you can avoid larger problems later in life. Also, early treatment can mean you can avoid larger expenses and potential health issues down the road. Therefore, seeing an orthodontist gives your kids the best start for a healthy, beautiful smile.

As an added benefit, starting early with dental and orthodontic care develops lifelong habits for better oral health. Dr. Himelhoch has extensive experience and training to handle kids’ unique health and behavioral needs. (including special needs)

Always, our caring team strives to make visits comfortable, educational, and even fun for kids and parents.

For parents, please see the information here for what to expect.

Avoiding Potentially Serious Health Issues

Orthodontists are smile specialists that ensure a pretty smile and a functional bite. By getting started, you can avoid potentially serious health concerns.

An orthodontist can help kids avoid:

  1. problems chewing food
  2. painful bite or jaw pain
  3. speech impediments
  4. tooth decay and loss
  5. gum disease and related problems
  6. changes to appearance
  7. jaw problems and related issues

Plus, an orthodontist can reduce the need for tooth removal, make room for crowded teeth, and ensure proper jaw growth.

Later in life, it can mean the time spent wearing braces is shorter and less expensive.

See What Our Patients are Saying

Choosing an orthodontist is an important decision. So, we encourage you to see what our patients are saying in our reviews. We’re proud of our many 5-star reviews and awards! Our community has consistently voted us the best orthodontist for a decade.

Also, please check out our Smile Gallery for examples of the smiles we’ve helped transform. Remember, it’s never too late to get started, and today more adults are getting the smiles they always wanted.

Now, you know, “When should my child see an orthodontist?” To find out more, call us anytime at 508-872-0555. We look forward to showing you why we’re the best orthodontist and pediatric dentist in Framingham.

Or, schedule a consultation here. Parents are always encouraged to join their kids, and your child should experience no discomfort during their visit. For more of what to expect on your first visit, click here.