At what age should a child have their first orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child’s first visit to an orthodontist takes place at the age of 7. At this age, early detection of orthodontic problems is possible. Orthodontic treatments provided at this time focus on guiding the eruption of permanent teeth and the growth of upper and lower jaws. The need for comprehensive orthodontic treatment is assessed once the patient is in late mixed (almost all adult teeth are in the mouth) or permanent dentition (no baby teeth present).