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At what age should a first orthodontic evaluation be done?

At what age should a first orthodontic evaluation be done?

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The Canadian Association of Orthodontists (CAO) and the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommend a first orthodontic evaluation as early as 7 years of age for all children.

Why should an evaluation be done at 7 years of age?A first orthodontic consultation is recommended at around 7 years of age

Should an intervention be done?

Benefits of an orthodontic intervention done at an early age

For patients for whom an intervention at an early age is indicated, such a preliminary treatment makes it possible:


An orthodontic evaluation performed at an early age will probably not avoid the necessity for another intervention later, but it may lead to a simpler and more efficient treatment for patients, as well as reassuring them on their dental condition.

The dentist who refers his/her young patients at the right time is perceived by parents, with reason, as a well-informed practitioner having his/her patients’ well-being at heart. Do not hesitate to ask your general dentist to refer your child to an orthodontist for a first evaluation.

Examples of early orthodontic interventions

Here are a few orthodontic procedures that may be indicated in patients as young as 7 years old:

Do I need a dentist’s reference to get an orthodontic consultation?

Radiographs are a crystal ball predicting the future of dental eruption.

Even if no problems seem visible at first sight during a visual examination of your 7-8-year-old child’s dentition, ask your general dentist to refer you to an orthodontist for a first evaluation. Taking a panoramic radiograph at around this age can reveal a lot on your child’s “dental future” and developing occlusion.


At what age do teeth erupt and in which sequence?

To learn about the average age at which teeth erupt and their sequence of eruption, consult this section.


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