As we mentioned above, children should visit an orthodontist before the age of seven. However, no age is too young if your child is currently showing signs of orthodontic problems. Your regular dentist is a great resource for knowing what to look for. So how do you know that your child should see an orthodontist? A simple indicator is your child's age.
The American Association of Orthodontists says that age 7 is a good time for a first orthodontic visit. At age 7, your child will most likely have had adult back molars placed on their backs and that some of their baby teeth have been replaced by adult teeth. The shape of your jaw is also quite determined by this age. At this time of transition, an orthodontist can detect any possible orthodontic problems.