Orthodontics Blog

Your Child's First Pediatric Orthodontic Check-Up Provides Early Detection

A question that our office often gets is, at what age should a child first get an orthodontic evaluation? To answer, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that your child get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7, or at the first recognition of the existence of an orthodontic problem. It is important to detect any orthodontic problems early, in order to take early corrective action and avoid more difficult treatment later.

By age 7, your child has enough permanent teeth for us to determine whether an orthodontic problem is developing or already exists. Like most problems in life, orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they’re found early. Early detection of orthodontic problems does not necessarily require treatment, but if early treatment is needed, our team may be able to achieve results that may not be as easy once your child's face and jaws have finished growing.

If early treatment is recommended, the benefits could be:

Our team would love to see your child before they start school this year. Caudill Orthodontics has two convenient locations serving Brevard County, Florida – Melbourne and Merritt Island. Please feel free to give us a call with any questions about pediatric or adult orthodontic concerns.