The American Orthodontic Association recommends that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. When parents hear this, they often think that they themselves or their other children didn’t need braces until much later – so why do children need to be seen as young as seven? Orthodontic treatment is best completed while the child is growing and if treatment is timed appropriately, more extensive and expensive treatment can be avoided in the future. It is particularly important that all children be seen by at least a dentist by age seven for an orthodontic evaluation. Depending on what the dentist identifies, a referral to an orthodontist may also be necessary.