My 9 year old son has crooked front teeth.

Dr Tanveer Ahmed

Unfortunately, most children, just like adults, prefer the simpler method and prefer to eat food cut into small pieces rather than take bite-sized pieces of food. For example, apples cut into thin slices rather than whole.

Unfortunately, most children, just like adults, prefer the simpler method and prefer to eat food cut into small pieces rather than take bite-sized pieces of food. For example, apples cut into thin slices rather than whole.

Now, to answer your question, there is no “right age”. If your child is able to brush their teeth properly and maintain good oral hygiene despite the misalignment, and they don’t mind their teeth looking a little out of whack, it may be a good idea to wait a bit until until most of his permanent teeth came out when he was 11 or 12 years old.

Delaying treatment in this way would avoid an orthodontic treatment session that is too long for 3 to 4 years, which could cause him to “burn out” and lead to uncooperative behavior towards the end of treatment because he is already fed up.

However, if he is motivated to start treatment early because he is unhappy with the appearance of his teeth and it is affecting his self-esteem or he is unable to maintain good oral hygiene because he can’t get his brush into the tight spaces between crowded teeth, so it might be best to start the alignment right away.

Often, children who have nice straight teeth are motivated to keep them healthy and this plays a big role in their self-esteem.

Another tip is that aligners such as Invisalign can help keep teeth cleaner than traditional braces.

Finally, it could also be done as a step-by-step treatment if needed. The front teeth are fixed at this stage and the rest of the teeth can be sorted out after they come out around the age of about 12.

All the best with your son’s smile journey!

Dr. Tanveer Ahmed is Medical Director of New Ivory Dental & Implant Clinic

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