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The American Association of Orthodontists and Australian Society of Orthodontists recommend that children have their first check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7 to 8. By that age, a child will have a mix of baby (milk white) and adult (permanent) teeth and the orthodontist will be able to recognise any developing orthodontic problems (“malocclusions”) even in their earliest of stages.

The orthodontist will examine your child’s mouth and jaws to assess spacing, positions of teeth and jaw alignment. Our friendly treatment co-ordinator may take photographs of your child’s face and teeth for their records.

Five essential questions are generally covered during the first exam:

  • Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
  • What are the options to correct the problem?
  • Is there a possibility teeth will need to be removed?
  • How long is the recommended treatment expected to take?
  • How much will the recommended treatment cost?

Although usually this may still be a few years away, before comprehensive orthodontic treatment begins, around 12-14 years of age, its worthwhile knowing what to expect and whether any early intervention is needed. Book your appointment with our team at Broadbeach Orthodontics today.

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