- Position of the first permanent molars
- Position of the upper and lower jaws
- Spacing and room for erupting permanent teeth
- Facial Appearance/symmetry
Ask the Orthodontist: What’s the Best Age for a Consult?
Often when I am out I am asked the question “When should my child get braces?” And, in most case the child is not with them for me to check and therefore my answer is this: Orthodontic treatment will often begin between the ages of 8 & 14. Treatment that begins while a child is growing helps produce optimal results. Our office, Aleman & Sternstein, along with the American Association of Orthodontics, recommends that children have an orthodontic evaluation no later than the age of 7. By this age, most children will have a mix of permanent and baby teeth. While orthodontic care ultimately is a team effort, establishing a relationship with the patient at an early age is the first step to a healthy and beautiful smile. During the first visit the orthodontist will be getting to know the patient while looking for a few of the following: