When it comes to orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should have their first evaluation at the age of seven. However, the best age to start orthodontic treatment with braces is usually between nine and fourteen years old, before they reach puberty. Starting treatment too early can extend the duration of treatment and potentially have more negative consequences. It is important to understand why orthodontic treatment is recommended and if additional orthodontic treatment is needed in the future or not.
Not all children need orthodontic treatment early, but an orthodontic evaluation is the best way to identify potential problems as their mouths and teeth grow. An orthodontist is a dentist who has received additional training and specializes in aligning and straightening patients' teeth. Phase I orthodontic treatment is done when your child doesn't yet have all of their permanent teeth. This type of treatment is recommended when your child is at significant risk for orthodontic problems as they grow.
With proper diagnosis and planning, orthodontic treatment can be easier, more comfortable and shorter in duration. Some orthodontic problems, such as crooked teeth, are immediately visible, but other problems can be quite hidden. It is important to take your child for an orthodontic evaluation before all their permanent teeth come out. This thorough monitoring means that orthodontic treatment starts at the right time for your child.
Early orthodontic treatment can help prevent more serious issues from developing in the future.