7 Reasons to See an Orthodontist at Age 7


At Hamilton, Wilson & Hendrickson Orthodontics, we provide a variety of state of the art orthodontic treatment, including advanced Invisalign and clear braces in Lawrence and Topeka, KS. We strive to provide premier service to patients of all ages. We put special focus on our early treatment patients, as we know how crucial of a time this is for the development of their teeth and jaw. 

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child should consult with an orthodontist by the age of 7. Starting treatment early can address any underlying issues within the mouth and can prevent more serious issues, which can not only save you tons of time, but also tons of money!


7 Reasons to See A Topeka & Lawrence Orthodontist at Age 7

  1. Young boy smiling with braces.When children reach the age of 7, their adult molars begin to flourish, which establishes the back bite. During this developmental stage, an orthodontist can assess the child’s tooth relationships. This can give the orthodontist insight on any potential issues including an overbite, open bite, crowding and gummy smiles. This is one of the main reasons it is important to get your child examined by the age of 7.
  2. Cautious intervention can help promote the development of the jaw and teeth, which can prevent common but serious orthodontic issues later down the road.
  3. Early orthodontic treatment can address any issues especially the arches within the mouth. Depending on the severity of the issue, correcting the arches can create space and actually prevent the possibility of having to remove permanent teeth in the future.
  4. Children that have protruded teeth can have these properly aligned through common techniques like braces. This can prevent the child from any injuries and can improve the bite while simultaneously enhancing their smile!
  5. Many children engage in habits that can be harmful to the child’s bite and tooth structure. Some of these habits include thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. It is important to have the child’s bite checked out so the orthodontist can address any damage that has been contributed from these common habits.
  6. Another major reason children should be checked out early is to address any early signs of speech issues, breathing problems or difficulty swallowing. If these issues aren’t addressed, they can develop into much more severe issues like sleep apnea or TMJ.
  7. Early orthodontic treatment can address current issues, which can make future treatments easier to fix and maintain. All of this equates to a straighter, healthier and enhanced smile!

Visit Your Local Orthodontist in Lawrence & Topeka, KS

At Hamilton, Wilson & Hendrickson Orthodontics, we feel that children should have their orthodontic exams sooner than later. The faster we can identify any issues, the faster we can fix them! If you are interested in our cutting-edge Topeka and Lawrence braces, or to schedule an appointment with us, contact us or fill out our easy online form and one of our dedicated team members will assist you!