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Even though our Fort Worth orthodontist, Dr. Barron, can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period in which to start orthodontic treatment. Our practice agrees with the recommendation made by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) that states all children should see an orthodontist by the age of 7 or at the first sign of orthodontic problems. This gives the orthodontist the opportunity to intercept any problems early on before they can worsen, plus it allows the orthodontist to improve unfavorable growth.

Signs That Indicate It’s Time For Your Child to See an Orthodontist

There are a few signs to watch for which can tell you it’s time for your child to see an orthodontist. Some of these signs include:

  • Difficulty biting, chewing or speaking
  • Protruding teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Inability to close the lips comfortably
  • A facial profile that seems unbalanced
  • Mouth-breathing
  • Grinding or clenching the teeth
  • Jaws that make sounds or which shift
  • A thumb or finger sucking habit

If you notice any of these signs in your child, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us so Dr. Barron can provide your child with a thorough examination. It’s important to keep in mind that your child may not need to start treatment right away if a problem is detected.

Generally speaking, most kids begin active treatment between the ages of 9 and 14. However, if we determine that your child could benefit from early treatment with braces in Fort Worth, we will help make the time spent in treatment a pleasant and even fun time. Our practice has worked hard to create a loving and personable environment, which we feel is key to a comfortable & efficient orthodontic journey toward a life-long healthy and beautiful smile.