We recommend that children should have an orthodontic evaluation at around the age of 8.
Our specialist orthodontists can detect any developing problems at this age.
Treatment may be 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.
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 low self-confidence, and it is best to address these issues in children rather than adults.
Treat issues early to avoid additional costs
It is often less costly to treat dental issues fast, rather than post-poning treatment and enduring the additional dental care costs required to treat more serious problems that can develop in later years.
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This does not mean that all children need treatment at this age, but organsing a consultation allows for your orthodontist to determine whether your child could benefit from subtle, 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 is dependent on the individual case.
At our practice the majority of our patients are referred to our specialist orthodontists by their general dental practitioners.
However, as also receive many clients through reccomendations by their friends and family. Your regular dentist can advise you 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.
Please remember, however, that orthodontic treatment is not only limited to children and adolescents, and about a quarter of our patients are adults.
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