The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children receive an orthodontic evaluation no later than 7 years of age. Sometimes, problems need to be identified even earlier than this. It is very important that your child receive an evaluation by an orthodontist or a pediatric dentist or general dentist trained in the correction of orthodontic abnormalities.

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Early identification and treatment of orthodontic problems can prevent more serious problems later in life. In addition, there are some conditions that are much easier to correct as the child’s mouth and jaws are actively growing. Early treatment can achieve results that are not possible after the jaws have grown.