The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first visit with an orthodontist by the age of 7. For those who associate orthodontics with only those orthodontic appliances meant to straighten permanent teeth, like braces or Invisalign®, this number may be surprising. However, early treatment, also known as early interceptive treatment, is an essential part of any child’s dental care.
Age 7 is a time when most children still have something called mixed dentition, meaning they have some permanent teeth growing in as well as their remaining baby teeth. This makes it a perfect time for Dr. Glass to identify subtle abnormalities in jaw growth and emerging permanent teeth, and begin early interceptive treatment if necessary.