“Does my child need an orthodontist?” This is a question many parents ask themselves as their children grow up. Though some parents may delay treatment until their child is a teen, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an orthodontic assessment when they are seven years old. Most orthodontic patients begin treatment between the ages of nine and fourteen, as early treatment can help prevent more serious problems from developing. If you notice that your child has difficulty speaking or chewing, or that his jaw seems to be recessed or protruding, these could be signs that he needs attention from a Fairfax orthodontist. Braces can help your child have a more symmetrical, pleasing smile, and also reduces the risk of dental problems. Learn more about orthodontic treatment in our infographic! Please share with your fellow parents.