What is the best age to get orthodontic treatment?
Although orthodontic treatment can be carried out at practically any age, there is an optimal timing of treatment for each individual. Sometimes, early orthodontic treatment can significantly reduce the complexity of future comprehensive treatment, as well as, possibly achieving a much more desirable final result.
It is recommended that an initial orthodontic assessment be performed at the first sign of orthodontic problems or around age 7. At this age, the adult molars would have erupted and changing between milk teeth and adult teeth begins. Not everyone is suitable to receive orthodontic treatment at this stage, but a thorough examination can help the orthodontist determine the best time to begin orthodontic treatment for your child.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic examination ?
Early detection of orthodontic problems can allow timely intervention which allows guidance of jaw growth and development of dentition. Even if orthodontic treatment is not indicated at this stage, our orthodontists can monitor your child’s growth and development and start treatment at the most suitable timing.
The benefits of early interceptive treatments are:
- Preserving or creating spaces to allow eruption of adult teeth
- Reducing the need for teeth extraction
- Reducing risk of trauma of protruding front teeth
- Stop uneven toothwear and gum recession as a result of an underbite
- Shorten treatment time in braces
- Balancing facial profile by influencing jaw growth
To find out more about early treatment, see one of our specialist orthodontists for an assessment.