The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that children be seen by an orthodontist starting at age 7.
Starting at 6 years old, kids start to lose their baby (primary) front teeth or incisors and enter the mixed dentition, where primary teeth and permanent teeth are both present. Starting with the lower front teeth, kids will start to see their permanent teeth come in from age 6 to age 8.
What would require treatment?
There are only a small number of issues that orthodontic intervention at an early age would be recommended. Issues such as a crossbite, where top and bottom teeth are crossed, having to shift the jaw in order to bite, or early loss of primary teeth that creates spacing issues for other permanent teeth to come in are a few. Most things can be monitored by the orthodontist to make sure everything develops normally.
If treatment is required, that does not always mean braces are required. There are often different treatment options for different issues. Treatment times vary, but generally treatment at this age lasts anywhere from 12 to 18 months depending on what is required.
At what age do all the permanent teeth come in?
Everyone grows and develops differently, but generally adult teeth are in by around 12 years of age.
If you feel like something looks off or a dentist recommends your child be seen by an orthodontist, don't hesitate to come see us, we will be happy to take a look to make sure everything is developing in a healthy way! Consultations at our office are complimentary!