Your dentist may recommend that your child seeks orthodontic care. You do not need to wait for a referral, however. If you notice anything unusual about your child’s bite or teeth, you can contact an orthodontist directly. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children be evaluated by an orthodontist around age seven. The rationale behind this recommendation is that there are conditions that can be treated quicker at an earlier stage of dentition. Many orthodontists, including Dr. Dixon, do not charge for consultation appointments, so there is no harm in getting an opinion.