When should I start orthodontic treatment?


The Australian Association of Orthodontics recommends that children first see a specialist orthodontist between the ages of 7-10 years, first to diagnose and then perhaps start, interceptive orthodontic treatment to alleviate possible teeth and bite concerns. This may prevent the need for more complicated orthodontic treatment down the track.

Orthodontic problems are usually apparent by the age when most of the adult front teeth have erupted. Appropriate and timely treatment can save you time and money in the future. Avoiding unnecessary treatment by having your qualified orthodontist monitor a problem can reduce overall treatment time and costs.


The teenage years are the usual age for orthodontic intervention as treatment for this age group is very efficient and considerably more cost-effective. If your teenager is worried about how braces will look, there are several alternatives that are a lot less noticeable.


There are no age restrictions when it comes to orthodontic treatment. In fact, a growing number of adults are having orthodontic treatment to achieve a smile they have always wanted, to fix crooked teeth, which may have been concerning them for years, or to fix a bite that doesn’t feel right.