Every child will develop at different rates but, in general, most children will start to get their first adult molars at around six years old. This is just one of the developmental markers which help us to assess the basic alignment of your child’s teeth, both side to side and front to back. Also, it is at this stage that we will be able to tell if there is enough room for all of the permanent teeth in the mouth, if not we can take action.
WHEN EARLIER TREATMENT IS BETTER
At the age of nine to fourteen, all of the baby teeth are gone and almost all of the permanent adult teeth are in position, this is the ideal time to start orthodontic treatment. There are a few conditions that, if caught at an early stage, can be treated much more easily while the natural development and growth are in full swing.
Crossbite. A severe crossbite is when the lower teeth close outside the upper teeth, this is a condition that should be addressed as early as possible. A palatal expander is used to treat this issue. The palatal expander widens the upper jaw painlessly and slowly and is far more effective if used while the upper jaw is still growing. Complicated treatment or even oral surgery may be required if this problem is not corrected at an early stage.