Braces for Children
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist by age 7 to determine whether orthodontic treatment is required and when exactly treatment should begin. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaws and incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, provide adequate space for permanent teeth, limit the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.