The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children see an orthodontist no later than age 7. Why?
By using his expertise of facial development, the orthodontist can fix certain issues before they get worse with early intervention. For example, the upper canine teeth often get “stuck” or move the wrong way. If not treated properly, a patient can lose permanent teeth as a result.
Young patients can also have bites that influence their jaws to grow more on one side than the other. This can lead to TMJ pain and dysfunction.