It's best for children to see an orthodontist by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crowding, crossbites, and other problems can be evaluated.
When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.
Once the permanent teeth have grown in, comprehensive orthodontic treatment can be started. This usually consists of braces, rubber bands, and may also include other treatment appliances as well. The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a spectacular smile, improved dental health, improved facial esthetics, and a boost to self-esteem. Providing your child with a beautiful smile is a gift that will last a lifetime.