Seventh Birthday Approaching? Time For a Visit to the Orthodontist!

December 15, 2022

Many parents associate braces and orthodontics with their teen years, but you may be surprised to learn that the best time for your child to have their first orthodontic visit is around their 7th birthday. We know, we know - they’re still running around the jungle gym and definitely not exhibiting any tween behavior (at least we hope not for your sake!). That said, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends children be seen by an orthodontist at age seven and at Seven Spring Orthodontics we absolutely agree!


Why age 7?

By age 7, your child’s mouth has matured enough for a trained orthodontic eye to spot current and future issues. If needed, we can make corrections that will help guide their jaw and teeth into a healthier place so it’s easier to achieve a straight smile later on. 

There are many benefits to starting orthodontic treatment as a child; these include shorter treatment time, fewer impacted permanent teeth, and reduced chance of needing to remove teeth. That’s because with early orthodontics we can:

  • Guide teeth into desired positions early 
  • Guide jaw growth
  • Minimize crowding and create room for erupting teeth
  • Correct the results of oral habits like thumb and finger sucking 


At Seven Springs Orthodontics, we think of early orthodontics as a two-phase solution. 

  • Phase 1 works with your young child to make space for his or her permanent teeth. 
  • Phase 2 begins once those teeth have arrived. 


If you recommend early orthodontics for my child, does that mean they won’t need braces as a teen? 

Early treatment (Phase 1) can begin the correction of significant problems, prevent additional problems from developing, and simplify future treatment. However, additional treatment is often still necessary. That said, children who have undergone early orthodontic treatment typically wear braces or Invisalign for less time in their teen years than those who have not undergone early intervention. This makes life easier for them, and you, as both of your schedules get busier and busier.


If I bring my child to you at age 7, are you definitely going to recommend early orthodontics? 

Nope! Every child is different, and we individualize each treatment plan. Early treatment does not benefit all children. Certain types of orthodontic problems can be more easily and efficiently corrected in the teen years when all permanent teeth have come in. For example, some dental problems such as twist and turns in the teeth to be straightened out should not be addressed until jaw growth is more advanced or complete. Dr. Raphael Liy develops a customized treatment plan based on each individual child’s needs.


Where You Receive Your Orthodontic Care Matters

Dr. Liy and the team at Seven Springs Orthodontics are dedicated to delivering exceptional care that improves patients’ smile aesthetics, bite function, and overall wellness. Tailoring treatment to meet each person’s unique needs, Dr. Liy uses traditional braces, Invisalign® clear aligners, and state-of-the-art digital technology, ensuring long-lasting results. Click below to schedule a complimentary consultation with us.


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