Age 7

Age 7
Posted on 05/05/2016




When is the right time to visit an orthodontist?  The American Association of Orthodontics  recommends that a child be scheduled for their first orthodontic visit by the age of 7.  There’s a good reason for that recommendation.  Normally, we would not start full orthodontic treatment on a 7 year old, but we like to follow them and see how their teeth are developing and check their jaw alignment. Braces create straight teeth and help align jaws resulting in beautiful healthy smiles.


Here at Dr. Joe Farrar’s, Braces for the Entire Family, there is no charge for the initial consultation and we offer a program called “Grow With Us.”



 I would like to explain how “Grow with Us” works.  Children in this program are not ready for braces, but we will monitor their growth at regular intervals looking at loss of baby teeth, overcrowding, overlapping, and poor oral habits. Their appointments are scheduled about every three to six months at no cost to you, until they enter orthodontic treatment.  It provides each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.


It’s extremely beneficial to the child to visit the office, either in Hendersonville or Brevard, and become comfortable with our team and learn great habits to help maintain a healthy, beautiful smile for a lifetime.



Problems to Watch for in Seven Year Olds

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         Anterior Crossbite    Posterior Crossbite         Crowding                   Open Bite

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                        Protrusion               Ectopic Eruption          Complete Class III

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                                       Diastema                                       Oral Habits


Malocclusions, like those illustrated above, may benefit from early diagnosis and referral to an orthodontic specialist for a full evaluation.

joe.jpg Dr. Farrar is a board certified orthodontist with more than 30 years experience.