One question that many parents face is what is the best age for their child to have orthodontic treatment?. If orthodontic appliances are placed too early treatment may be required again later in life and if you get them too late they may need to be worn for a longer period of time.
Unfortunately, there is no universal right answer to this question. We can, however, draw from our years of experience to help provide some additional factors when deciding on the best age for braces.
Early Intervention - Ages 7-9 years
We recommend having a child evaluated for braces as yearly as age 7. This does not mean that braces will be applied this early but rather give you an indication of what future treatment may be required.
By age 7, most baby teeth have started to come through and an orthodontist can get a good indication of what the alignment of permanent teeth will look like. In some cases, braces or partial teeth aligners may be recommended at this stage if a child is having difficulty talking or eating due to poor teeth alignment.
A child may also be a suitable candidate for braces if he or she has protruding teeth, a crossbite or tooth crowding. By assessing and treating these issues earlier rather than later you can help to prevent these issues from becoming worse when permanent teeth eventually arrive.