There is a reason the American Association of Orthodontists, every child should see an orthodontist by age 7.
This may seem early and different than when we were kids, but our knowledge of when to best identify and treat problems, if they occur, has changed.
One of the major benefits of seeing an orthodontist by then regardless of whether it looks like there is an issue is having initial diagnostic records taken to use as a baseline to track growth and development. This is the case even if your dentist hasn’t referred you yet. Dentists are focused on your individual teeth and their health. Orthodontists are trained to view the big picture and look for the subtle signs that become bigger problems later if not addressed early. The great news is that most people will not benefit from early intervention and can do all of the straightening at one time. For the others, corrections made early can save much bigger problems from occurring later as teeth develop.