The very best time to have orthodontic treatment is during the teen years. At this time, all adult teeth had erupted and it will be clear if there are any bite and alignment issues.
We start to consider children for orthodontic treatment when they are around 10-13. We carry out a detailed check-up, take measurement and this illustrates whether or not we believe your child would benefit from orthodontic treatment. We always discuss what findings we have and go through what types of treatment are available. Some treatments can take up to two years, but this depends on the severity of the case.
We always strongly recommend going ahead with orthodontic treatment for functional problems. Having a misaligned bite can cause problems later on, such premature wear, fragility of the teeth, but more problematic problems as sleeping disorders like snoring and apnea. Straight, even teeth are much easier to keep clean, reducing the likelihood of gum disease developing.