What is the best age to bring children in to see an orthodontist for the first time? The current recommendation from the American Association of Orthodontists is for children to have have their first exam with an orthodontist at age 7 – and for good reason!
“Adult teeth typically begin to erupt around age 6-7, which makes this the ideal time to ensure that these teeth are erupting properly, and that the upper and lower jaws are growing correctly in relation to each other,” shared NVO’s very own Dr. Robb.
If there are any indications for early treatment, NVO can offer interceptive treatment to prevent more severe issues down the road.
“This is also the ideal time to evaluate for any pediatric sleep issues, habits such thumb-sucking that can have detrimental effects on growth, and any other developmental concerns.” Dr. Robb recommended.
Each child is unique, and while not all children may benefit from early treatment, it is never a bad idea to have a complimentary evaluation done to determine the best treatment path for your child.
Give NVO a call today at 703-574-2175 to schedule your child’s complimentary consultation today, or submit an appointment request online and a member of our team will contact you to complete your appointment. We can’t wait to see you at Northern Virginia Orthodontics!