Children should be evaluated early (age 7) to determine the best time to start treatment. If treatment is prescribed for a later time, the child should be periodically evaluated in a pre-orthodontic guidance program. These patients should have periodic visits to check on tooth eruption and jaw relationships. Although the overwhelming majority of patients this age do not require early treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends a screening by the age of 7 in order to rule out possible problems that can be much harder to correct in later years. If you see one of the following problems, call your orthodontist to schedule a screening exam to see if your child can benefit from early treatment.