Kid's Orthodontics​

The right age to consult for braces

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children are seen by an orthodontist by age of 7 years.

Orthodontics for kids aims to:

  • Correct and guide jaw growth: The growth of children’s face can be channelized to bring more proportionate and symmetrical changes to the overall appearance naturally and has a positive impact on the alignment of the upper & lower jaws.
  • Create more space for crowded teeth: Interceptive orthodontics at the age of 6 or 7 makes it easier to address problems like crowding. Before the permanent teeth grow the jaw is expanded to make room for the teeth to erupt through the gums.
  • Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches: Expansion at an early age makes it possible to make narrow V-shaped arches into uniform U-shaped ones.
  • Encourage ideal positioning of adult teeth
  • Lower the risk of injury to the front teeth
  • Improve your child’s esthetics and self-esteem
  • Change harmful habits like thumb sucking and help with speech correction

How do I know that my child needs braces?

All children should be seen by an orthodontist for a detailed smile analysis, but here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Thumb, finger or pacifier sucking habit
  • Discomfort while chewing or biting food
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Crowded or blocked out teeth
  • Front teeth sticking out
  • Top and bottom teeth do not meet when biting down
  • Top and bottom teeth do not line up when biting down
  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face

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