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When To See An Orthodontist?

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Seeing an orthodontist at the right time can make a huge impact in the appearance and oral health of your child. But, most parents do not know when the best age to see an orthodontist for their child is. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that you take your child to their first dentist appointment by the age of seven. Even if your first consultation is with a pediatric dentist, they should be able to identify any bite issues with your child and advise you to see an orthodontist if the problem requires the attention of an expert.

Why Should Your Child See An Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is specialist in dentistry who focuses on the diagnosis and prevention of misaligned teeth. The American Association of Orthodontics says that the best age to see an orthodontist is at seven years because that is the age at which permanent teeth start to develop. Therefore, any problems that arise at this stage will stay with the child into adulthood.

Advantage of Early Treatment

It is always important for a dentist to keep a close eye on the development of your child’s teeth because any problems can be treated much more efficiently at a young age. As we get older, the jaws gradually become more dense, making it more difficult to shift teeth. Seven years is the best age to see an orthodontist so they can identify irregularities with the growth of your child’s permanent teeth and treat the defects as permanent teeth continue to develop.

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We understand that everyone has important obligations throughout the week and your time is very valuable. With three locations throughout the Northern Virginia metro area and flexible office hours, our team of expert staff can help to schedule your stress-free appointment today!

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At Let's Smile Dental, we use cutting-edge technology to make your visit as comfortable, relaxing and pain-free as possible.

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Whether you are looking for orthodontic treatments, like braces or Invisalign, pediatric care for your child or implants, let our professional staff schedule the perfect time for your next visit!

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Our adult and kid-friendly dental office and staff work hard to make sure that the whole experience is joyful and easy for both the kids and their parents.


When you book your dental appointment with Let's Smile, do it with the utmost confidence! We’re dedicated to our patients. Take a look at what they have to say:

My son loves it here. The dentist and hygienist describe every tool they are about to use and how they are going to use them. Most importantly, they know how to talk to kids and have a good sense of humor.
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Love, love, love the whole staff here! I am being treated for adult orthodontic surgical braces to correct my underbite. Throughout the entire process from the initial consultation, finance/payment, greeting/exit of each appointment, and of course the talented and genuine staff that treat your teeth each time,
We were in an emergent situation after a playground accident/trauma and within 10 mins of calling and upon arrival, we were greeted, evaluated, and treated immediately on our first visit.
They are AWESOME....I make that drive from Alexandria to Fairfax to take my kid here. My kid loves that they make her feel comfortable and they are just happy and jolly.


To accommodate your busy schedule, Let’s Smile has three locations in the Northern Virginia metro area. We offer flexible hours and our wonderful staff can help you schedule an appointment today!




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