When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommend that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age seven. Early treatment (also known as Phase One) typically begins around age eight or nine (Phase Two will begin around age eleven or older).
How to tell if your child may need early orthodontic treatment:
• Early or late loss of baby teeth
• Difficulty chewing and/or biting
• Mouth breathing
• Speech impediments