Treatment Timing

The timing of treatment depends on the individual situation. Most people can get Orthodontic treatment at any age. However, there are certain conditions that are better treated at an early age to avoid/minimize future complications. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.


Simple Interceptive procedures like habit breaking appliances, crossbite correction, space maintainers, etc. done at an early age when indicated can prevent the development or reduce the severity of future problems. Treatment modalities that rely on growth cannot be done after certain age and have to be appropriately timed to maximize positive results. Early treatment can regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions and reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth.

If treatment is indicated, but not right away, then the patient is kept under observation; there is no charge for observation visits