When should treatment begin?

There are no age limits in orthodontics but most orthodontic treatment begins during the 2nd phase of dentition i.e. between the age of 9 and 11. This is when the jaws are still growing and the orthodontist can treat misalignment of teeth and jaws by timing treatment measures to match the child’s growth spurt. Lengthy treatment can be avoided for many children if parents take their child to see a dental specialist between the ages of 5 and 6.

If treatment for irregularities of the teeth is postponed until the child becomes an adult at 17 or 18 and has stopped growing, extensive misalignments of the jaw can only be corrected by surgery.