What Is the Right Age for an Orthodontic Screening?

As you watch him or her growing up, you might wonder when you should start thinking about whether or not your child needs braces. Stapleton orthodontist Dr. Robert Rudman can help answer your questions about braces and explain how your child could benefit from early treatment. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, all children should undergo an orthodontic screening by age 7 at the latest. This age is ideal for an orthodontic evaluation because:

  • Front teeth (incisors) have emerged, allowing our orthodontist to check for crowding
  • Teeth in the very back of the mouth (molars) have begun to establish a stable bite
  • Your child’s jaw has grown sufficiently for Dr. Rudman to detect potential issues
  • Most children have grown several adult teeth, meaning it’s a good time to evaluate dental development

Scheduling a screening by the recommended age will allow our orthodontist to detect potential problems with the development of your child’s teeth or bite sooner than later. After assessing the issue, Dr. Rudman can recommend suitable early orthodontic treatment options. To find out more about how orthodontics can advance the optimal development your child’s mouth, please contact Advanced Orthodontic Care or call 303-331-0222 today to schedule an orthodontic screening. Dr. Rudman sees patients in or around the Stapleton area of Denver, Colorado.


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