Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars typically erupt, establishing the back bite.
During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, openbite, crowding, or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.