As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, you can start orthodontic treatment at any time in your life. If you have problems with your teeth or gums, we’ll work with your dentist to improve your oral health first so you can still have orthodontic treatment.

For children, we sometimes recommend early intervention treatment, which starts when they’re between 9 and 12. Starting treatment early on means your child is less likely to need adult teeth extracted later on, which can be uncomfortable. Early intervention treatment is especially suitable for teeth crowding or ‘bite’ problems. Other children’s orthodontic treatments can start when all of their adult teeth are in place.