Many children, teenagers and adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment. Your dentist may suggest that you see an orthodontist or you may also decide to contact us directly, without a referral, if you think your bite does not look quite right to you. There is no age where orthodontic treatment can’t be performed but the best time to have treatment is when many of the adult teeth have erupted into the mouth and there is still plenty of growth left. Whatever your age, if you think you have a bite issue, give us a call to arrange an easy orthodontic check-up (First Visit).
The recommended age for the first orthodontic check-up is by 7-8 years of age, when the first adult upper and lower front teeth erupt. Both the Australian Society of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists advise that children should have an orthodontic assessment by this age. Even if orthodontic treatment is not needed at age 7-8, the bite changes should be monitored regularly, up until most or all of the primary teeth have fallen out, so that any problems that should be treated before all the primary teeth have fallen out can be treated at the best time. This early orthodontic treatment to prevent a bite issue from worsening is called Interceptive Treatment. For some children, a simple course of early treatment at the right time can make a big difference to the amount of treatment needed as teenagers.
The most common time to start full orthodontic treatment for most types of bad bites is when most or all of the first teeth have fallen out. This age ranges from as early as 10 to an average of about 12 years of age. Most types of bad bites can be treated quicker and more easily during adolescence, up until growth is nearly finished in the mid to late teens.
However, it is never too old to have orthodontic treatment and there are a number of treatment options that suit any patient’s request for treatment that is less obvious, ranging from clear braces and Invisalign “invisible braces”, to Incognito lingual “hidden” braces on the back of the upper and lower teeth.
If you would like more information about your specific bite, please call our office to arrange an easy First Visit.