The Australian Society of Orthodontics recommends that a child should first visit an orthodontist at the age of seven. This gives the orthodontist a chance to evaluate the need for your child to undergo future orthodontic treatment.
Phase-One of treatment usually begins at about eight or nine. This early stage of treatment is to correct a jaw issues that may be occurring because of growth. The goal is also to create enough room for the child’s permanent teeth to grow.
You may be able to tell if your child needs orthodontic treatment. There are certain signs that may provide an early indication:
- Early or sometimes late loss of their baby teeth
- Difficultly chewing
- Thumb sucking after the age of five
- Speech problems
- Protruding teeth
- Misalignment of teeth
- Crowded teeth
If your child suffers from all or even some of these, try and help your child with early intervention. If your child is about seven or eight years old and is showing signs that they might need orthodontic treatment in the future then it’s a good idea to take them to an orthodontist for assessment.