When should I bring my child to see an orthodontist?

Dr. Justin Hughes discusses when you should bring your child to see an orthodontist

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that parents bring their children to see an orthodontist around age seven, or when some of the first permanent teeth start to erupt. And the reason for that is that there are problems that we can detect early on that might be treated early and prevent a problem from getting worse. Often times we’ll see kids who aren’t ready yet, and we’re going to monitor them as part of our pre-orthodontic guidance program and watch them for quite a while before they’re ready, but there are other kids who have a problem such as a crossbite, severe crowding, teeth that have come in at angles that are going to damage other teeth, that if left untreated could be harmful and get worse but if treated early can actually make future orthodontic treatment much simpler, more cost effective, and easier. So if you have a kid aged seven or eight and they haven’t seen an orthodontist yet, we would encourage you to bring them in for a free consultation. You do not need a referral and we’re happy to take a look and give you our thoughts and give you the best possible orthodontic care for your family. Don’t forget to read our Terms of Service at Hughes Orthodontics in Alexandria VA. Thanks so much, have a great day!

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