Orthodontics for Children
Ideally children should see an orthodontist by the age of seven. We can then recommend if treatment is required and the optimal point at which to commence treatment. The child’s first permanent molars and incisors would usually have come through by this point and bite issues and any other concerns can be assessed.
Upon starting treatment early, the growth of the jaw can be guided which can help incoming permanent teeth.
Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gaining additional space for permanent teeth, therefore avoiding the need for extractions. This would also reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. Therefore early treatment can be much simpler.
Orthodontics for Adults
Treatment can be successful at any age for children, teens and adults. A smile is an asset and age does not matter. 20% of patients are over the age of 21. Jaw surgery is more frequently needed for adult patients as their jaws are already fully grown. Adults could also have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth and may need periodontal treatment before, during, and or after treatment. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is achievable.