We are very happy to provide orthodontic advice to children from about the age of 7 onwards as their teeth and jaws develop.
When should I take my child to the orthodontist?
As early intervention may be beneficial for your child in the long term, it is recommended that a child’s first visits an orthodontic specialist between the ages of 7 and 9 if an orthodontic problem is detected.
In some cases, there may be orthodontic problems hidden behind seemingly nice smiles. Whilst treatment may not be started until years later, early examination will allow the orthodontist to detect and evaluate these problems in order to plan treatment at the most appropriate time.
Early Orthodontic treatment for your child
In cases where early treatment is recommended, this is to prevent serious problems from developing. The benefit to your child is that early intervention may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated and avoid the need for extraction of permanent teeth.
Does my child need braces?
Some early warning signs that may indicate your child should see an orthodontist:
- Crowded or misplaced teeth
- Protrusion (overjet)
- Deep bite (overbite)
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Thumb and finger sucking
- Speech difficulty
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
- Jaws that shift or make sounds
- Missing teeth
- Signs of enamel wear
NHS or Private Orthodontic treatment?
We are very happy to offer to children who qualify, under the Index of Orthodontic Need (IOTN) criteria, treatment under the NHS. Many parents choose treatment on a private basis instead.
We’ll explain all the treatment options at your consultation appointment, leaving parents free to choose their preferred route.