Some orthodontic problems can be relieved early. The old saying of "wait until they have finished growing" isn't always correct. By fixing simple problems early it may prevent the need for more complex invasive treatment later on, or make it significantly easier and simpler to treat later.
When is the best time to bring my child in for an assessment?
Our motto is EIGHT IS GREAT, NINE IS FINE.
A child's school dental therapist or dentist may identify an issue as young as 6 or 7 years old and suggest an orthodontic opinion.
Problems that are normally treated early include:
• things that are preventing teeth from growing into the mouth
• narrow jaws
• cross bites
Crooked or twisted teeth are generally not something that is important to fix early and your dentist will offer advice on whether or not early treatment is appropriate.
NZDOS - how can we help
We have members that can help assess whether your child’s mouth would benefit from some early treatment. Check them out on our Doctor finder.