Experts recommend that everyone see an orthodontist by the age of seven. This is for several reasons. First, because some of the permanent teeth are starting to grow in, meaning our orthodontist can start to evaluate their structure. Secondly, the jaw is still developing, so it can still be guided if needed.
At this first appointment, our Rocklin orthodontist will begin by inspecting each tooth, whether baby or permanent. They may also do some light cleaning to get rid of some food debris in the food area. They will also evaluate how the teeth in the lower and upper arches fit together. From this quick inspection, they will gain a good idea regarding whether or not you would benefit from braces or a form of braces.
If the patient is seven or near this age, chances are they will not be recommended braces right away, if needed. Orthodontic work is most effective when all of the permanent teeth have fully grown in. In the time being, a retainer may be recommended to prep the teeth for braces.
Treatment often begins during the early teenage years. Learning whether or not you will need orthodontic treatment later on can help you prepare for this process. Learn more about early orthodontics on our site.