Frequently asked questions about Orthodontic treatment
Children, as young as 6 years old, as long as it is indicated, can already have orthodontic treatment – be it something that is preventive or corrective management.
There is actually no exact or definite age to start consulting an Orthodontist. It is important that our children see an orthodontist at an early age. As parents, we may think, our child does not need any consultation since she still has baby teeth and these will fall off. It is very important to take advantage of the growth stage because that is where we can still alter growth, and do important modifications.
Orthodontic treatment helps align and position teeth. So those with problems with overcrowding and bite positioning would benefit greatly from this treatment.
Irregular bite positioning can put strain on the muscles of the jaw. Orthodontic treatment can help reduce the strain on the jaw and joint problems that can also cause headaches.
It all depends on the nature of the problem and its severity. It can take a few months to up to two-and-a-half years. Dental visits for adjustment can be once every 4 to 6 weeks as advised by the Orthodontist.