Starting orthodontic treatment is an important decision that can have a lasting impact on your child’s oral health and smile. The right timing for seeing an orthodontist can vary from person to person, but here are some general guidelines to consider. 


Early Evaluation

It is recommended that children have their first orthodontic evaluation around the age of 7. This early assessment can help identify potential issues and determine if early intervention is necessary. In some cases, early treatment (known as Phase One treatment) may be recommended to address specific problems and make later orthodontic treatment more effective. At Hawthorn Orthodontics, we offer free check ups with our Oral Health Therapists for your children after their initial consultation. These checkups allow our staff to advise you on when is the best time to start treatment.


Orthodontic Problems

The timing of orthodontic treatment depends on the specific issues your child is having. Common orthodontic problems include overcrowding, spacing, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. The severity of these issues and their impact on oral health will influence when treatment should begin.


Individual Factors

Every person is unique, and the right time to see an orthodontist can vary based on individual factors. Genetics, dental development, and overall health can all play a role in determining when orthodontic treatment is appropriate. Your goals for starting your child’s orthodontic treatment can also impact when to begin. Some people seek treatment for their children due to cosmetic reasons, while others may have functional concerns. Discuss your goals with an orthodontist to determine the best timing for your treatment.


Your Child’s Readiness

Orthodontic treatment can often involve wearing braces, aligners, or other appliances for an extended period. Consider your child’s readiness for the commitment and responsibility that comes with orthodontic treatment. 


There is no one-size-fits-all answer to when you should start seeing an orthodontist. It depends on a combination of factors, including your child’s age, orthodontic problems, and individual circumstances. The key is to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist to assess your specific needs and determine the most appropriate timing for treatment. Early intervention can often lead to more effective and efficient outcomes, so don’t hesitate to contact our team at Hawthorn Orthodontics to discuss your child’s needs.