When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

When exactly do you need to see an orthodontist? Well, have you had a toothache recently? Maybe a loose tooth that shouldn’t be? One critical ingredient in orthodontic care is knowing when to get it! Dr. Dayan and our team are committed to providing answers and solutions at One Love Orthodontics in Brooklyn. We focus on comprehensive care. We’re here to guide you through identifying and treating your concerns about dental alignment. We want you on the right track to the smile you’ve always wanted.

Early Signs You Need an Orthodontic Evaluation

Recognizing the early signs that warrant an orthodontic evaluation can be your key to timely treatment. Here are some indicators that it’s time to visit One Love Orthodontics.

Crowding or Spacing

Do your teeth overlap? Or are there noticeable gaps between them? That’s a clear sign that you may need orthodontic intervention. Crowding can make it hard to keep tabs on proper oral hygiene. What’s wrong with that? Poor hygiene can increase your risk of gum disease and tooth decay (oh no!). Spacing issues affect how you chew or speak. Fortunately, Dr. Dayan can assess the extent of crowding or spacing and recommend the best treatment for you.

Bite Issues

A misaligned bite (you may hear Dr. Dayan say, “malocclusion”), such as an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite, can cause a host of oral health problems. Like uneven wear on your teeth or difficulties chewing and speaking. A bad bite can also result in jaw pain and TMJ disorders. During your evaluation at One Love Orthodontics, our team will examine your bite and discuss potential treatment options to correct the misalignment.

Difficulty Chewing or Biting

Do you find it hard to chew your food correctly? Does biting into anything feel uncomfortable? It could be due to misaligned teeth or jaw issues. These difficulties not only affect your eating habits but can also impact your nutrition and overall health. An orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Dayan can help determine the cause and how best to address them.

When Should Your Child See An Orthodontist?

Age-Specific Recommendations

Orthodontic care isn’t one-size-fits-all. It varies with how old (or young) you are. Understanding the optimal time for an orthodontic evaluation can lead to more successful treatment and outcomes. Here’s how recommendations differ across various life stages.


The American Association of Orthodontists advises that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by age seven. This early assessment allows Dr. David Dayan to identify potential issues with jaw growth or emerging teeth. Early detection can simplify future treatments, as some problems may be easier to correct if caught while your child’s jaw is still developing. 


Teenage years are often the most common time for starting orthodontic treatment, as most permanent teeth have erupted by this stage. Issues like crowding, spacing, and bite misalignments become more apparent and can be effectively dealt with. For teens, treatments such as braces or clear aligners improve oral health and boost self-esteem during these formative years. 


It’s never too late to seek orthodontic treatment. More adults are now considering orthodontics to correct long-standing issues or improve their smiles. Adult orthodontics can offer significant benefits, whether for aesthetic reasons or to rectify oral health concerns.

Benefits of Timely Orthodontic Care

Seeking orthodontic care right now can profoundly impact your oral health and overall well-being. Timely treatment at One Love Orthodontics, overseen by Dr. Dayan, can prevent minor issues from becoming significant complications. Early intervention often results in shorter and less invasive treatment plans. Getting treatment early can also guide jaw growth, improve oral function, and enhance the smile’s appearance. 

Moreover, promptly preempting orthodontic issues can lead to better oral care, as straight teeth are easier to clean than crooked ones, reducing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Ultimately, timely orthodontic care gives you a healthier mouth and enhances your assurance and self-esteem.

What to Expect During Your First Visit

Dr. Dayan will thoroughly examine your teeth, jaws, and facial balance during your initial consultation. This visit often includes taking X-rays or digital scans to view your oral structure. Dr. Dayan will discuss your orthodontic needs, goals, and treatment options. You will have all the information you need to make an informed decision. Our individualized approach helps set the foundation for your treatment plan. You’ll also learn about the duration of your treatment, cost, and payment options, leaving every question answered. At One Love Orthodontics, we’re committed to making your first visit informative and comfortable and the start of a transformative experience.

When Should Your Child See An Orthodontist?

One Love Orthodontics Is Your Local Orthodontic Provider

Getting started on your orthodontic journey with Dr. Dayan at One Love Orthodontics in Brooklyn represents your first step toward realizing the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Our practice is committed to providing exceptional care customized to your needs. With a focus on comfort, convenience, and patient satisfaction, we strive to make your experience as rewarding as possible. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment and wondering when to see an orthodontist, let us guide you with expertise and compassion. 

Are you ready to get over an overbite? Has your crossbite crossed you for the last time? 

Schedule your free consultation today and discover how we can transform your smile and elevate your confidence.