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Why your child should see an orthodontist by age 7

Orthodontic care plays a crucial role in ensuring your child’s oral health and overall well-being. While it might seem early, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. Here’s why:

Early detection of issues: By age 7, most children have a mix of permanent and baby teeth and their overall growth direction is set. An orthodontist can identify potential problems early, such as misaligned teeth, overbites, underbites or crossbites. Detecting these issues allows for timely intervention with expanders, braces or other treatments.

Guiding growth and development: Early treatment can guide the growth of facial bones and jaw structures. It helps create a better foundation for permanent teeth, ensuring they come in properly aligned. Addressing problems early can prevent more complex issues later.

Breathing, swallowing and sleeping: If your child snores, has enlarged tonsils or adenoids, or has sleeping issues, an orthodontist can work with your child’s physician to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

While not every child needs early intervention, early assessment can give you peace of mind. And, you don’t need a dentist referral to see an AAO orthodontist — just call one to schedule an initial exam. At our office, the first consultation is free!


Brought to you by:

Brad Chvatal, DMD, MS

(541) 683-8490 •

1400 Valley River Drive, 240, Eugene

1130 E. Main Street, Cottage Grove


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