Orthodontics for Children/Adolescents
The first visit to the Orthodontist is recommended at the age of 6-9 years. At this age the Orthodontist will be able to detect possible problems that are not visible to parents and prevent their future development. At this stage treatment is called “early” treatment and is aimed at either preventing future problems or preparing for possible future orthodontic treatment (braces).
Most orthodontic patients belong to the adolescent category. Because skeletal growth is usually faster in girls, the average age of starting treatment is lower. The orthodontist is called upon to correct the occlusion problems that occur, while at the same time taking care of the perfect aesthetic appearance of the face. After all, the position of the teeth influences many aesthetic factors such as the height of the lower third of the face and the position and support of the lips.
The treatment may be braces or other orthodontic appliances. In some cases of severe lack of space, the Orthodontist may even suggest tooth removal for the best aesthetic result.
Treatment at this age is important as it is facilitated by rapid growth rates and also because it will provide confidence and self-esteem at a sensitive age for children.