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When Should Your Child See an Orthodontist?


Kids Orthodontist

One question we get frequently is when to bring your child in for their first orthodontic exam. Unless you suspect airway problems, Dr. Godley recommends bringing your child in for their first evaluation around age 7. At this age, the front and back adult teeth are erupting, which allows us to evaluate dental eruption, overall bite, and jaw growth.


The majority of children will not need early treatment. However, there are certain conditions that can develop into significant issues and need extensive treatment in the future if not addressed early.


Conditions that should be evaluated for early treatment include:

  • Crossbite

  • Severe crowding

  • Severe overjet

  • Severe overbite

  • Space loss

  • Underbite

  • Thumb habit

If you notice signs of a potential airway problem, Dr. Godley recommends sooner than age 7. What to look for:

  • Mouthbreathing

  • Snoring

  • Gasping or choking during sleep

  • Wetting the bed

  • Restless during sleep (a lot of movement or sleeping in odd positions)



Each child has unique dental and facial characteristics that need to be monitored as they grow. We help ensure that teeth are developing properly and that you know how help give your child a great smile and balanced bite.



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