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What Is the Best Age for Orthodontic Treatment?

girl with backpak at school with bracesWhen should a child receive their first orthodontic evaluation? At Wavescape Orthodontics, our Dee Why orthodontist recommends an assessment at age 8. Even though most children don’t require orthodontic treatment at such a young age, there are some conditions that could lead to long-term or irreversible dental or anatomical issues if they go unaddressed at this stage of oral development.

The Importance of Early Screenings

Your child’s early orthodontic screenings allow us to plan for the future and identify any developmental concerns that might require treatment during the teenage years. Between ages 12-14, most teeth have settled into their set position and alignment. Since teens also undergo rapid growth spurts and changes in their jaws, our orthodontist can assist with correcting any significant bite concerns at this time.

Which Braces Are Best for Teens?

Depending on your child, we offer both metal and ceramic braces, as well as clear tray styles like Invisalign aligners and Spark Clear Aligners.

If a teen has jaw concerns, we may also suggest an oral functional appliance to promote healthy anatomy and growth patterns. These devices holistically improve jaw positioning without surgery.

Why Earlier Treatment Is Best

As your child and teen grow, their jaw shape and tooth development are easier to guide into a healthy alignment. Waiting until adulthood to correct orthodontic irregularities typically requires additional time, discomfort and added costs. Proactive orthodontic therapy also helps prevent future jaw joint issues and irregular tooth wear.

Providing your child with a healthy and attractive smile at a young age helps them avoid common adult dental issues later in life.

Reserve a Consultation Today

Plan your child’s orthodontic screening by age 8 for early access to corrective intervention when necessary. We offer orthodontic assessments for all ages, including adults. Contact our office today to reserve your family’s next visit.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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