The best time for your child’s first visit to the orthodontist is between the ages of 7 and 9. Early interceptive braces and orthodontic appointments are common for this reason. For children up to age 13 years they can identify and fix problems that occur as adult teeth grow and can potentially avoid invasive treatment and the need for removal of healthy teeth later on.
Children’s teeth develop like other parts of their body, the earlier they are assessed, the more problems can be avoided in the long term. Braces are usually fitted by the age of 12 or 13 years, when adult dentition is fully formed. There are many types of braces available, including fixed braces, braces that can be removed and braces that are practically invisible. Treatment times vary and take up to 2 years but improvements are often noticed in the first few months.
Getting braces often is a big step for children and they can be nervous about their visit to the orthodontist. We pride ourselves here at this clinic in making children feel at ease and comfortable. The first visit is minimally invasive and your child’s positive assurance is our priority. A healthy smile can improve your child’s confidence and has never been easier to achieve with recent advances in technology.