The American Academy of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that children should visit the orthodontist by age seven for a simple (and generally free) consultation. The orthodontist will examine the growth and development of the child’s teeth and may recommend treatment or just a follow up visit. Today’s technology is exciting! The jaws can be expanded through functional appliances. Sometimes all it takes is creating more space for the teeth to come in. If the teeth need to be moved, there are now a number of options: through traditional braces with silver, gold, or ceramic brackets on the fronts of the teeth, with i-braces where the brackets are placed on the insides of the teeth; or through Invisalign, a series of rigid aligners that are changed every couple of week. You and your orthodontist will choose the right treatment for you!