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At what age can my child get a clear plastic dental retainer?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an orthodontic screening no later than age 7. This is because there are advantages to starting treatment early, while children are still growing. By age 7, enough of the permanent teeth have come in so that an orthodontist can identify potential problems. Only your orthodontist can decide what age is appropriate for a clear plastic dental retainer. Speak to him or her if you are concerned about your child’s teeth.

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