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your child s first orthodontic checkup

Your Child's First Orthodontic Checkup

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No Later than Age Seven

As a parent, you want the best for your child, which includes healthy teeth and a healthy smile. The American Dental Association recommends that a child visit the dentist by his or her first birthday, while baby teeth are beginning to erupt.


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All kids should get a checkup with an orthodontist no later than age seven

A healthy smile starts with the jaw alignment. This is a problem that can be detected by an orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that your son or daughter get a checkup with no later than age seven. By then, a child has enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to determine whether a problem exists or is developing. Putting off a checkup until a child has lost all baby teeth could extend time in braces, and by the time a child is done growing correcting some problems may require jaw surgery. The earlier a problem is caught, the easier it is to correct.

If early treatment is in order, the orthodontist may be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.

If you have any questions or concerns throughout your treatment or in the future, please consult Drs. Shaw or Jane or visit mylifemysmile.org.