Orthodontic treatment can begin as early as age 7, as some orthodontic problems are best addressed during the growth and development of the teeth and jaws. Early intervention can guide the growth of the jaw, create space for incoming permanent teeth, and prevent more extensive orthodontic treatment later.
Orthodontic treatment starts with a comprehensive examination by an orthodontist. This includes a thorough evaluation of the teeth, jaws, and facial structures. The orthodontist may use X-rays, photographs, and dental impressions to assess the orthodontic issues and develop an accurate diagnosis.