When to Take Your Child to the Orthodontist
February 1, 2021

Did you know that February 28 is National Tooth Fairy Day? Losing a tooth is always an exciting occasion in a child’s life—it’s a sign that they are growing up (plus, the money under their pillow is an added bonus)! However, if your child has already had their first visit from the Tooth Fairy, it might be time for you to consider an orthodontic visit.

In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child has their first orthodontist appointment no later than the age of seven. Although most people assume that orthodontic treatment shouldn’t begin until preteen years, it’s important to take your child to a checkup early on. That way, our orthodontists can determine if early intervention could help them.


Even if your child’s baby teeth appear straight, there could be underlying issues with their jaw growth, bite, and emerging teeth. If Drs. Kent and Zermeño detect these subtle, orthodontic problems early on, they can make a plan to monitor the development of these issues over time and begin treatment at the optimal stage.

Furthermore, our orthodontists might detect an issue that could benefit from early treatment. By intervening early, our orthodontists can prevent more serious issues from developing, making treatment shorter, less complicated, and less painful at the later stages. Early treatment options can also allow us to guide your child’s jaw growth and correct permanent tooth alignment—while they are still growing.

By tackling problems before they have time to develop or worsen, early intervention can often help preserve teeth and reduce the need for uncomfortable tooth extractions later on. And, in some cases, this also allows Drs. Kent and Zermeño to achieve results that might not have been possible once the permanent teeth finish growing in.


If your child has had frequent visits from the Tooth Fairy, don’t hesitate to book an appointment for them at Carolina Braces today. By scheduling an appointment once they turn seven, you can ensure that they will have a beautiful, healthy smile transformation!