The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child receive a screening exam by age 7 or earlier if a problem is noticed. An early examination allows the orthodontist to determine when a child's particular problem should be treated for maximum improvement with the least amount of time and expense. If early orthodontic treatment is recommended the objectives and benefits are to:
If the benefits outweigh the time, effort, and expense involved, then early treatment is the appropriate choice. If early treatment is not recommended, then the patient will be monitored and observed at intervals to assess eruption of the teeth and facial growth so that treatment can be performed at the proper time.
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