The Australian Society of Orthodontics recommends that an initial consultation and assessment should be under taken for patients 7-8 years of age to identify and address problems before they fully develop.
Children start treatment at all different ages and if they can be treated at the optimal time it will ensure the greatest result with the least amount of time and expense
Detect smaller problems before they become a much bigger orthodontic problem
For some kids early intervention can eliminate the need for orthodontic treatment later on or even reduce treatment time and costs
If your child isn’t ready for orthodontics yet we monitor eruption of their teeth and growth so we can determine the optimum time for to begin treatment and achieve the best results
What is best age for kids to get braces?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment which is different for everyone. Beginning treatment at the appropriate time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. At an earlier age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
Why does my child need to see the orthodontist so young?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
When should I get an appointment with the orthodontist for my child?
The blueprint for facial type and orthodontic problems is identifiable as early as 7 or 8 years of age, but a more common age for early screening is 8 or 9 years of age.
- Create room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Create facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reduce risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserve space for teeth that have not come through yet.
- Reduce the need for tooth removal
- Reduce treatment time with braces