Years ago, it was recommended that a patient wait until they had lost all of their baby teeth and most of their permanent teeth had erupted before starting braces. Over time, orthodontics has evolved to address issues that would be better treated at an earlier age.
As children develop and grow, they may show the beginning signs of bite problems, the jaws may be disproportionate in size or shape, or there may be excessive crowding of the teeth. Orthodontic appliances can be used to direct the growth of the upper and lower jaws, which would improve the relationship between the jaws, align and decrease crowding of the teeth, and create space for the eruption of permanent teeth.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic evaluation at the age of 7. Does this mean that all young children need orthodontic treatment? Absolutely Not! We will recommend it in cases where it would provide the best possible benefit to the patient.
Early treatment will usually take 8 to 12 months to complete.