Your advice is do not wait…but what is the right age? Are we too late?
There is no easy answer to that question.
Everyone is different, but we recommend having an initial orthodontic screening around the age of 8-10. The Australian Society of Orthodontists advises “Orthodontic problems are usually apparent by the age when most adult front teeth have erupted.” (ASO)
This may seem quite young, but by this stage, we are able to highlight potential teeth or jaw problems long before they actually occur and possibly prevent some more serious problems from developing.
However, the most common age for orthodontic treatment to begin is around 10 to 12 for girls, and 12 to 14 for boys.
The good news is that orthodontic treatment can be done at any age. Adults can wear braces too, and it is becoming more and more commonplace for adults who perhaps did not have an opportunity to have braces as a child to do so later in life.
Many of the treatment options we have now are far more discrete and comfortable than what was available when you were a child. Good oral health that comes from well-aligned teeth and a confidence-boosting smile are important to everyone.