What age should orthodontic treatment begin?

What age should my son first visit the orthodontist? His permanent teeth are crowded. They are also very crooked.

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An initial orthodontic screening should begin after your son celebrates his seventh birthday. If necessary, orthodontic treatment can begin immediately to utilize your son's growth potential. This strategy can create additional space and correct jaw relationships.

Even if your son is young, a trip to the orthodontist may be worthwhile. You will establish a relationship with the orthodontist and your son may feel more comfortable once treatment does commence.

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