The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends that children receive a specialist orthodontic examination at age 7 if a parent or the family dentist discovers a problem. The timing of orthodontic treatment is extremely important and greatly affects the treatment result. Since no two patients are alike, there is no specific age that is best to begin treatment. Treating children during their growth stages allows orthodontists to achieve results that may not be possible when face and jaw bones have fully developed.
This early treatment can prevent more serious problems from developing and simplify future care. Typically, full treatment with braces is started when all the permanent teeth have erupted – usually between the ages of 10 and 13. In some cases, it is an advantage to start just before the last baby teeth are shed.
In the past, orthodontic treatment was generally restricted to children. However, the basic process involved in moving teeth is the same at any age and orthodontic treatment is also successful for adults.