You’ve adored your child’s goofy grin since forever. Then, those beautiful little baby teeth fall out and in come the permanent ones. If your kid’s teeth begin to grow in crooked or flaring, you might find yourself thinking about correcting that dental dilemma.
So how young can your child get braces if it turns out they might need it not only for a straight smile, but also help the way they might eat and speak.
"The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that children have their first orthodontic consultation at the age of seven,” Dr. Erika Faust, an orthodontist at Elite Orthodontics in New York City, tells Romper.
“By this age, your child’s first adult molars have appeared and her permanent bite has been established. So, if there is any deviation from a normal bite we can take steps to correct it early.”
Of course, there are some exceptions to this rule, such as correcting a thumb-sucking habit or for a patient who might need to learn proper tongue placement while swallowing, reported the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO).
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During an initial visit, there are some things that orthodontists look for to see if getting braces at an early age might be necessary.
“At the first consultation, we determine if there are any severe bite or alignment issues that need to be immediately addressed, and if so, we begin treatment,” says Dr. Faust.
° By Jennifer Parris