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What is the best age for ‘Orthodontic Treatment’ ?

One of the most commonly asked question…Yes, treatment timing is significant for effectiveness of the treatment and to obtain the best result.

Now Let’s see the real scenario~

Do you know different types of malocclusions/orthodontic problems exist? But most of patient’s concern will be about forwardly placed front teeth. Identifying the reason why this proclination happens is utmost importance. Orthodontist will examine the face as well as intra orally to diagnose the problem.  Then……

  1. He will Diagnose / identify the real problem
  2. Plan the treatment which is best suited for that particular patient
  3. Execute the treatment for excellent result.

Again, these three will be affected by the age of patient, including the result of treatment.  Let’s see some types of malocclusions.

1. Mouth breathing

-Mode of breathing can change the facial growth

-How it change the face…..? Face will become elongated, long and narrow face

-Nasal hump can be seen in some patients

-Gummy smile starts appearing

 

2. Jaw problems – Increased or reduced growth of one jaw in relation to other.

 

3. Gummy smile

 

4. Isolated dental problems per se

 

All malocclusions are not same so age for orthodontic treatment too. Approximate age of treatment for different malocclusions are:

Mouth breathing / Thump sucking / Anterior and Posterior crossbite etc., …  correct as early as possible.

Growth related jaw problems / Gummy smiles…  7 to 12 years

Eruption and exfoliation problems /crowding/ ectopic eruption…  7 to 12 years

Dental correction per se…  Any age

(Note : Problems related to jaws and gummy smile if not treated when you are child, can be orthodontically  treated at any age using mini implants and recent techniques with expertise.)

So..there is no single best age, time depends on which type of problem we have, For best results for growth related problems of jaw or gum, ideal treatment time is before puberty.

Key is… Consult your orthodontist when in doubt or by 7 years, he can guide with best opinion whether need to wait or start immediately.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that your child get a check-up with an orthodontist at the first recognition of the existence of an orthodontic problem, but no later than age 7.  However, you are never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment. Adults represent a significant percentage of patients in most orthodontic practices.

 

Authors:
Dr. Abdul Rahim, BDS, MDS, Clinic Director
Dr. Mohammed Fawas, BDS, MDS, MFD RCS (Ireland)
Department of Orthodontics

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