When should treatment start?
We recommend that children should have an orthodontic opinion at around the age of 8. Your orthodontist can detect many developing problems at this age. Occasionally treatment is necessary before the eruption of all permanent teeth in order to prevent potential problems, or to avoid the need for – or at least simplify – future treatment.
This does not mean that all children need treatment at this age, but it does allow your orthodontist to determine whether your child could benefit from early intervention.
Most patients though start brace treatment when most or all of their permanent teeth have been shed. This happens typically at around the age of 12, but there is quite a lot of variation amongst individuals.
Please remember, however, that orthodontic treatment is not only limited to children and adolescents, and about a quarter of our patients are adults.
At our practice the majority of our patients are referred to Dr Sarah Good and Dr Pourghadiri by their general dental practitioners. However, as we are also recommended to many by their friends and family, sometimes we are contacted directly by the patients’ parents.
Please consult your regular dentist for an opinion on whether your child should be referred for an orthodontic assessment.
Alternatively, you may wish to contact us directly for a consultation if you are concerned that your child has or is developing orthodontic problems.