When should my child first be seen for an orthodontic evaluation?

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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children between the ages of seven and nine should be evaluated by an orthodontist. There are times when an early developmental treatment is indicated to correct situations before they become major problems.  Examples include kids who have a problem sucking their thumb or kids who have a narrow jaw and need a palatal expander to avoid crowing when permanent teeth come in.

When you come for a complimentary consultation to Shirck Orthodontics, Dr. Shirck will count the number of baby teeth your child has, complete an oral exam and determine the optimal time that your child will be ready for braces.

Most full orthodontic treatment begins between ages nine and 14, and lasts from one to three years, with two years being the average.

We hope this helps, and invite you to give us a call if you have any questions about your child’s treatment at Shirck Orthodontics.