It is recommended that an orthodontic evaluation be carried out at about the age of six or seven. The first permanent molars are appearing at about this time. At this stage, it is possible to evaluate the condition of the teeth in relation to the jaws in order to detect the likelihood of any dental or skeletal problems, or functional deviations.
Orthodontic treatment at an early age can:
- Positively influence growth of the jaws;
- Improve appearance and self-confidence;
- Simplify or reduce future orthodontic treatment;
- Improve certain problems of allocution;
- Conserve or recover the space needed for the appearance of future permanent teeth.
It is not necessary to seek a referral from your dentist before consulting an orthodontist.
Orthodontic treatments are very common in this age bracket. Around the age of 11 to 13, the development of permanent dentition is more or less complete. There is nevertheless still a possibility of growth that may prove useful in order to correct any misalignment of the jaws.
New technology allows results to be obtained rapidly. SureSmile technology can lead to an average saving of 30% in the time required for orthodontic treatment. You will therefore see quicker results, which can be of particular importance when attending events such as graduation balls.
Orthodontic treatment may sometimes cause physical or psychological shyness or stress in some patients. Solutions do exist, including Invisalign®, ClearCorrect or Incognito™, all of which allow orthodontic treatment to be carried out with no outward signs.
We can determine together what type of treatment is most suitable for your situation.
These days, orthodontic procedures for adults are commonly practised. New technology such as Invisalign® or Incognito™ allow problems to be corrected comfortably and nearly invisibly.
However, orthodontic surgery may sometimes be required for more complex situations, since there is no longer any growth in the jaws.