Because orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth or teeth while a child still has primary, or "baby," teeth present, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. Some problems are not so subtle, and may be noticed by parents. To help educate parents about potential orthodontic problems, the American Association of Orthodontists has gathered examples in a short educational guide, Problems to Watch for in Growing Children. Problems identified early permit the orthodontist to recommend the appropriate treatment at the appropriate time for the individual patient.
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