Age can impact a number of different issues within the mouth and we generally recommend that your child sees see an orthodontist as early as possible. Seeing an orthodontist does not mean treatment will start immediately. Getting a professional opinion early, however, ensures treatment will commence at the optimal age. Some early intervention may be carried out by your orthodontist to minimise future problems.
This is what the Australian Society of Orthodontists say about early orthodontic treatment on their website:
“Orthodontic problems are usually apparent by the age of 7 when most of the adult front teeth have erupted.”
Early examination allows the orthodontist to detect and evaluate problems and to plan an appropriate treatment schedule.
Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing, or make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. Early treatment may also achieve results that are not possible once the face and jaws have stopped growing.
In most cases, orthodontic treatment is commenced as soon as the last baby tooth has been shed. This usually occurs in the early teens. In some cases, it is an advantage to start just before the last baby teeth are shed.
If you are a parent considering orthodontics treatment for your child, please contact Saacks Orthodontics today and arrange a free consultation.