We recommend that children should have an orthodontic opinion at around the age of 8. Our specialist orthodontists 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. 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 personal 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.
See also: Teen Orthodontics | Two Phase Orthodontics | Types of Braces
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 with quite simple and relatively brief treatment.
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.
At our practice the majority of our patients are referred to our specialist orthodontists 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.
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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