Orthodontics is appropriate for almost any age. It is recommended that all children have an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7 to prevent the onset of specific dental and jaw abnormalities. Most patients start treatment when all of their permanent teeth have come in, sometimes as early as 10 years old. However, some children may need orthodontic treatment while there is a mix of baby teeth and permanent teeth in order to correct specific early-onset bite problems. An early phase of orthodontics usually requires a short second phase once all of the permanent teeth have come into the mouth.
Typically the first permanent molars are present in the mouth, giving your orthodontist an opportunity to check for a developing malocclusion, also known as “bad bite.” Incisors have also usually begun to come in and problems such as crowding, deep bites, crossbites and open bites can be detected. Early orthodontic treatment, known as Phase One, aims to correct more serious bite related problems as well as guide the jaw’s growth pattern. Early treatment may also help to make extra room in the mouth for the permanent teeth to be properly placed as they come in.
Orthodontics is not limited to children. There are several modern and discrete treatment options that make it easier than ever to improve one’s dental health and appearance with orthodontics. Regardless of age, aligned teeth promote proper function and better oral hygiene.
Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important.
At Muswell Hill Smile, our orthodontist will help you to find the best course of action needed for you and for your child.
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