If you’re like many parents, you’re wondering “when should my child see an orthodontist?” Many parents become confused when a child needs braces or even be screened for orthodontic issues. This confusion occurs as some children need braces at 7, while others not until 15. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children see an orthodontist no later than age 7, even if there are no problems. The reason behind the recommendation is because the jaw is still developing and catching issues early is advantageous.

Early orthodontic treatment or, Phase 1, is an interceptive treatment used to prevent major issues further along in growth. If a Phase 1 treatment is recommended, we will carefully weigh all factors and discuss the most appropriate timing. Not every child needs this treatment and, in fact, many do not. The orthodontists at Braces U are trained to know the difference and we recommend this early phase of treatment only in cases where it will prevent significant problems down the road, including the need for surgeries, extraction of permanent teeth or impaction of teeth. We offer no obligation, free consultations including panoramic x-rays to determine the best orthodontic plan for your child.

Braces U Orthodontics offers our patients 5 conveniently located campuses to serve their orthodontics needs.