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When Should Children Have Orthodontic Treatment?

28 Apr 2023

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The ideal age varies from child to child but, for some, it can be as young as eight.

The average age for having braces is 10 or 11 - while teeth are still growing - but the right age for your child really depends on the severity of their dental problems.

Braces (for parents)

It’s crucial that you make an appointment with an orthodontist as soon as possible if you think your child’s teeth need straightening.

If your child has crowded, misplaced or protruding teeth it will be obvious that your child could benefit from orthodontic treatment.

But there are a number of other less obvious signs that could indicate they need treatment.

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You can also book an appointment at White & Co.

Our specialist orthodontist can tell you if your child is ready for braces.


The earlier your child comes to see us, the sooner we can spot orthodontic problems and the easier it becomes to deal with them.

That’s why we recommend children come for their first visit no later than the age of seven.

What's the best age for my child to get orthodontic treatment?

By the age of five, we can make an in-depth examination and prepare for any future treatment that may be needed.

We can perform “interceptive treatment” - such as fitting a “sectional brace” on a small number of your children’s front teeth - to improve developing problems.

We can guide permanent teeth into optimal positions, make room for crowded teeth and reduce the need to take teeth out.

Thanks to discrete, modern orthodontic appliances, there’s never been a better time for children to take braces in their stride.

Contact us now to book your appointment.