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When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?


A great smile isn’t made in a day! In fact, the foundations to great oral health begin in early childhood. Did you know that the American Association of Orthodontists recommends your child begins seeing an orthodontist around age seven? This gives your doctor plenty of time to asses your child’s oral progress, and catch any underlying issues before they affect permanent adult teeth.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends your child see an orthodontic specialist, like Dr. Jolley, at age 7 for an evaluation.

Seeing an orthodontist guarantees your child will be monitored and receive any treatment they might need as their adult teeth come in, especially if:

  • They suck their thumb
  • They have difficulty speaking
  • They primarily breathe through their mouth
  • They lose their baby teeth too early or too late
  • They have trouble chewing or biting
  • They grind or clench their teeth
  • They have a possible over/underbite

Each of these issues are common and can be remedied by a treatment plan developed especially for your child and their lifestyle. Wondering how to prepare them for their first appointment? Begin by contacting us and setting up a time to meet Dr. Jolley and the rest of our Smile Team! We will do our best to provide a comfortable atmosphere for each examination, and will walk you and your child through each step of their individual appointment. The key to a beautiful smile is care and attention, and we can’t wait to provide your family with both here at Jolley Orthodontics!