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The Ideal Age for Your Child to See an Orthodontist


When your child is seen for their regular dental check-up, the dentist may suggest that it’s time for your little one to make an appointment to see an orthodontist. Many parents may think, "Well, what is the right age for my child to first see an orthodontist? Shouldn’t we wait until all their baby teeth fall out?”

Not all patients referred to an orthodontist for a consultation will need braces. Coming in for a free consultation will allow you to have all your questions answered and will give you the necessary information to support your child’s dental development and daily oral hygiene habits.

Phase I Starts at Age 7

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children see an orthodontist by age 7 to assess potential problems in jaw growth and/or tooth eruption. “Phase I Orthodontic Treatment” is performed on young patients that have both baby teeth and adult teeth to influence the growth patterns of their jaws and to correct certain tooth position problems. This phase of treatment usually lasts between 6-18 months and is done during the 7 to 11-year old age window of dental development. Not all patients will need Phase I treatment.

Although Phase I Treatment usually simplifies future orthodontic treatment, it does not entirely eliminate the necessity for future orthodontics as your child’s teeth erupt and their jaws develop. Your child may need another set of braces (Phase II Orthodontic Treatment) to fully align teeth when they get older.

Now that you have a better understanding of some of the basics, you can schedule your child's free orthodontic consultation today by clicking here!

If you are a parent or patient and have any suggestions as to how we may better serve you, please do not hesitate to contact us here.

Smile Big!

Samantha Suarez
Orthodontic Manager
Tebo Orthodontics

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