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Orthodontics for Children 


While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven, when both primary (baby) teeth and permanent teeth are present.


Starting the process early doesn’t mean your child will get braces right away. It just means the orthodontist will be able to find existing and potential problems and decide the best time to start treatment. Then the patient visits the orthodontist periodically to monitor growth and development. This “watchful waiting” gives the orthodontist the opportunity to take advantage of predictable periods of a patient’s growth and intervene so that orthodontic treatment can have the best results possible.


Kids can need braces for any number of reasons, including crooked, overlapping, or overcrowded teeth, or a “bad bite.” Sometimes tooth and jaw problems can be caused by losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, or habits like thumb sucking. Often they’re just inherited.


"The greatest wealth we can give our children is good health."

There are a few things that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist: 

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth 

  • A hard time chewing or biting food 

  • Mouth breathing 

  • Finger or thumb sucking 

  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth 

  • Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing 

  • Teeth that come together abnormally or do not come together at all 

  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face 

  • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight 


At WAO, we believe in looking at your child’s entire chewing system, as well as their overall health. We believe in integrated medicine and a holistic approach to orthodontics. Treatment involves fixing the cause of the condition, not just focusing on the esthetics of a nice smile. We believe in going beyond traditional orthodontics to improve your child’s health…and we make it a fun experience, too!

Fun Facts to Share with Your Kids 


  • Most humans have 20 baby teeth and 32 permanent teeth.

  • Whales don’t have teeth, but sharks have many sets, WildAid says 30,000 total teeth in a lifetime.

  • A snail’s mouth is no larger than the head of a pin but contains about 25 teeth on the tongue itself.

  • The modern toothbrush was developed in the 1700s.

  • There are blood vessels and nerves inside your teeth.

  • Teeth are the hardest substance in the human body.

  • Over three million miles of dental floss is purchased in North America each year.