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While many people associate orthodontic treatment with the teenage years, many patients can benefit from treatment that begins earlier. While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit an orthodontist for an evaluation by the age of seven. At this age, our orthodontists will be able to determine whether orthodontic treatment is needed and when it should begin. Early orthodontic treatment allows Dr. McCord and Dr. McCoy to:

• Correct and guide the growth of the jaw, helping the permanent teeth to come in properly
• Allow more space for crowded teeth
• Prevent the need for the extraction of permanent teeth later in life
• Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
• Correct thumb-sucking and help improve minor speech problems

Early treatment can help to avoid the need for more invasive treatments later in life and ensure that there is enough room for the permanent teeth to properly erupt. We especially encourage you to bring your child for an orthodontic evaluation if you notice issues such as crowding or misalignment in the font teeth, thumb or finger sucking, mouth breathing, or the early or late loss of teeth. To learn more about early orthodontics in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and to schedule your child’s orthodontic evaluation, we invite you to contact us today at McCord Orthodontics.