The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that the first orthodontic examination should be at age 7. By this age, most children have several permanent teeth that have erupted which will allow us to effectively evaluate a child‚s orthodontic condition. Additionally, we have an opportunity to assess your child‚s facial growth pattern. It is always better to be seen early than late. In some instances where treatment is growth dependant, we may be able to avoid the need for jaw surgery or the acceptance of a compromised result or no treatment.