When should treatment start?
Here at Elite Orthodontics, we recommend that children should have an orthodontic check-up at around the age of 8.
See also: Child Orthodontics | Two-Phase Orthodontics | Teen Orthodontics
Our specialist orthodontists can detect many developing problems at this age. There are often numerous benefits to having brace treatment before the coming through of all permanent teeth such as prevention of potential complex problems and making future treatment much more simple.
If left untreated, crooked teeth could lead to an improper bite, tooth wear, tooth injury and even tooth decay and gum disease. Crooked teeth can also lead to a decrease in one’s self-confidence. Treatment by our specialist orthodontists to correct the original problem is often less costly than the additional dental care required to treat more serious problems that can develop in later years.
This does not mean that all children need treatment at this age. However, it does allow your orthodontist to determine whether your child could benefit from early intervention with simple and relatively brief cost-effective treatment.
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Many patients though start brace treatment when most or all of their permanent teeth have been shed. This happens typically at around the age of 11-12, 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.
See also: Adult Orthodontics
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