Our offices in Chesterfield and Saint Charles welcome children starting at age 7, teenagers, as well as adults. Dr. Brown prefers to see children at age 7 or 8 (and earlier if your dentist recommends an evaluation), an age that’s recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists for a first orthodontic visit to detect tooth eruption or growth issues as early as possible. Why an evaluation at age 7?
- The first permanent molars and all the incisors usually have erupted or are erupting
- Growth issues such as underbite, crossbite, and other conditions become apparent (and will not correct on their own!)
- Missing teeth can be detected and planned in advance
- Supernumerary (extra) teeth can be identified and removed as needed
- Other permanent tooth eruption issues can be detected and treated early (and typically, easier)
- Many children don’t need treatment at this age, but planning can begin for treatment that will be needed and completed later. If there is a growth issue in your child, it can be orthopedically treated so potential jaw surgery is not needed later.
What to Look for in your Seven Year Old
As a parent, you can look for the following problems. If you have any doubts, we recommend setting up an appointment to get a full evaluation from an orthodontic specialist, not your general dentist.
As a parent, you can look for the following problems, but to be sure have Dr. Brown evaluate your child!