When should treatment
We recommend that
children should have an orthodontic opinion at around the age of 8. Your
orthodontist can detect many developing problems at this age. Occasionally
treatment is necessary before the eruption of all permanent teeth in order
to prevent potential problems, or to avoid the need for - or at least
simplify - future treatment.
This does not mean that all children need treatment at this age, but it
does allow your orthodontist to determine whether your child could benefit
from early intervention.
Most patients though start brace treatment when most or all of their
permanent teeth have been shed. This happens typically at around the age
of 12, but there is quite a lot of variation amongst individuals. Please
remember, however, that orthodontic treatment is not only limited to
children and adolescents, and adults can have orthodontic treatment too.
At our practice the majority of our patients are referred to Dr
Bou Saba by their general dental practitioners. However, as we are also
recommended to many by their friends and family, sometimes we are
contacted directly by patients or the patientsí parents. Please consult
your regular dentist for an opinion on whether your child should be
referred for an orthodontic assessment. Alternatively, you may wish to
contact us directly for a consultation if you
are concerned that your child has or is developing orthodontic problems.