Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. To ensure the best result and the least amount of time and expense, The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems (no later than age 7). At this early age orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but an examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and a greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and can prevent more serious problems from occuring down the line. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, your orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and only begin treatment when it is most ideal.