Orthodontics to straighten teeth is now recognized as an important and everyday treatment for reasons other than aesthetic concerns alone. Correct dental position creates a stable jaw joint. This means lower incidences of jaw joint pain and symptoms and provides an even distribution of force around all teeth in the mouth. This in turn contributes to improved oral hygiene, helps prevent severe dental wear, chipping and fracturing of the edges of teeth, and also assists to correct head and neck posture.
Braces are usually placed at around 12-14 years of age. Other appliances may be required at an earlier age to encourage growth or expansion. Therefore it is vital to have your child assessed early, particularly if you have any concerns regarding positioning of teeth or shape of the jaw. Orthodontists can improve the smile of practically anyone. In fact, we also treat patients in their 40s, 50’s and older! It’s never too late because healthy teeth can be moved at any age.