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The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children have a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.

Reasons for this Examination

• Identify significant jaw bone problems

• To discuss harmful habits such as thumbsucking and mouthbreathing

• To rule out unusual permanent tooth eruption problems

Early interceptive treatment on a 7 year old child may indeed be appropriate and beneficial. The kinds of problems shown below often benefit from early orthodontic treatment.

Problems to Watch for in Seven Year Olds

Malocclusions like those illustrated below, may benefit from early diagnosis and referral to an orthodontic specialist for a full evaluation.