When is the best time to begin orthodontics?

If you are looking for a children’s orthodontist, the best time to bring your child in to see us for their first orthodontic evaluation is around age 7. At this stage, we may not recommend orthodontic treatment yet, but we can continue to monitor your child’s development to recommend the right time to begin. Bringing your child to the orthodontist for early treatment and monitoring can reduce treatment time and costs later on.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?

By allowing us to evaluate your child’s smile early, we can provide more effective treatment and prevent more complicated problems from arising as they grow.

Why is age 7 the best time for evaluation?

At this age, your child’s first permanent molars erupt, which forms the back bite. Dr. Larson can more easily evaluate the front-to-back and side-to-side relationships for your child’s teeth. For example, if we find erupting incisors at this stage, this may indicate that your child has a higher potential for an open bite, overbite, crowding, or gummy smiles.

By waiting until children become teenagers, you increase the chance for more invasive and costly treatment. With interceptive treatment, we can create more room for your child’s teeth to grow, reducing the need for tooth removal, creating better facial symmetry, and shortening treatment time in braces.

Why should my child get treatment for a bad bite?

Did you know that the American Association of Orthodontists found that untreated bad bites, or malocclusions, can cause multiple problems? For example, it is harder to effectively clean crowded teeth, which can increase the risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Protruding teeth are also more vulnerable to chips and breaks. If your child has cross-bites, they may end up with crooked and worn teeth. In addition, open-bites can cause tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.

If you think your child needs orthodontic treatment, contact our office today. We can create a healthier, more beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.


Early treatment for children should begin at age 7, according to the American Association of Orthodontics.