When is the Best Time to Start Braces?
There is no best time to start treatment with braces. The decision to start treatment is based on many factors like the nature of the problem, the stage of growth and the level of co-operation or motivation to get treatment.
It is good practice to take your child for regular checkups and ask if a problem of crooked teeth is anticipated. A child can be examined at the ages of 7 years, 9 years and 12 years to check for problems related to the alignment of teeth and jaws.
Some problems like severe crowding (or lack of space for all the teeth), if detected early, can be treated by serial extraction from as early as seven years of age. In other cases, treatment may need to be done when all the baby teeth have been replaced by permanent teeth.
Other problems, like disproportionate jaws, can be treated effectively if it is detected before puberty.
|The timing of treatment depends on the nature of the problem|
|Irregular teeth can sometimes be due to missing or buried teeth. This needs to be identified early for optimum management.|
|When a child has difficulty putting the lips together, early treatment – possibly even as young as 8 years — may help to promote growth to overcome this problem.|
|It is never too late to treat “crowded teeth” like this. It can be treated even if you are middle-aged!|
It is difficult for the layperson to know which cases are to be treated at which time, so it is best to come for regular checkups and so that treatment can be well-timed.
Make an appointment to learn more about starting treatment with braces and general dental care.