It is important to have a clear picture of how a child is changing dentally and skeletally throughout his or her growth period. In fact the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic examination by the age of seven. The early treatment examination in the mixed dentition enables the practitioner to identify problems at an early stage, and to determine when to commence treatment and/or refer patients to an orthodontist. Things to look for during a mixed dentition examination include crowding of permanent teeth, excessive overjet or overbite, missing primary teeth needed for space maintenance, supernumerary teeth, skeletal discrepancies, habits, airway problems, and eruption path problems.
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