When is the best time for children or teenagers to see an orthodontist?
We recommend that children have an orthodontic examination at around the age of 8. Our specialist orthodontists can detect many developing problems at this age.
See also: two-phase orthodontics.
However, most patients start brace treatment in adolescence when most or all of their permanent teeth have been shed. This happens typically at around the age of 12 or 13, but is dependent on the individual.
What issues could occur if you don’t see an orthodontist?
If left untreated, crooked teeth could lead to an improper bite, tooth wear, tooth injury and even tooth decay and gum disease.
Treatment by our specialist orthodontists to correct an orthodontic problem when your child is a teenager is often less costly than the additional dental care required to treat more serious problems that can develop in adulthood.
The correction of some orthodontic issues requires the child to be growing still, so it is really important to treat these issues while the patient is still in their teens.
See also: Treatments | Functional / Orthopaedic Braces
Treatments tailored to suit your needs
We help our teen patients by offering them treatments that suit their wishes and lifestyles, and braces that are inconspicuous and much less visible than conventional braces. It is our aim to keep treatment durations as short as possible – we know teenagers are impatient!
While orthodontic treatment requires some commitment, patients are rewarded with healthy straight teeth, proper jaw alignment and a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.
Adolescents and teenagers tend to be quite self-conscious, and crooked teeth can result in a decrease in one’s personal self-confidence. Improvements in personal appearance contribute to greater mental and physical well-being, and creating a beautiful smile through orthodontics is a reliable way of improving the health of your teeth as well as your self-esteem.
We see an amazing positive transition in our teen patients when their brace treatment has been completed!
Why choose to have your treatment with us?
Why consult a specialist orthodontist rather than a general dentist with an interest in orthodontics
At our practice the majority of our patients are referred to our specialist orthodontists by their general dental practitioners.
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 that orthodontic treatment is not only limited to children and adolescents, and many of our patients are adults.
Next: Two Phase Orthodontics