The Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) recommends kids see an orthodontist between the ages of six and eight. Treatments to correct jaw growth and certain bite problems, such as underbite have better outcomes when detected early. Solutions such as making room for permanent teeth to come in properly will lessen the chance of future extractions.
Some children present early signs of minor orthodontic irregularities. These are often a case of monitoring the situation over time, possibly without intervention.
However, for children who display more severe orthodontic irregularities, early orthodontic treatment can provide many benefits, including reducing the risk of:
- childhood cavities
- periodontal disease
- speech problems