Parents often ask: when is the best time for children to get braces?
The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic check-up at around 8-10 years of age.
This is when your child’s first adult molars erupt and establish their back bite. At this stage, an orthodontist can evaluate your child’s bite and identify whether they will need braces or other orthodontic treatment.
Sometimes, early treatment can prevent the need for braces later. Crossbites and jaw shifts (to the left or right) are commonly treated early with plates or partial braces.
Sometimes, early treatment is not an option. There has been a trend where children as young as four to eight are receiving extended orthodontic treatment. This is most likely not in the best interest of your child – a fact supported by a lot of documented evidence. It can have significant costs with little benefit. If early treatment is not necessary, regular check-ups can anticipate an ideal start time.
Dr Michael Whyte is an excellent child orthodontist. He can guide your child through the development stage from seven to 12 years with minimal impact and maximum outcomes.