During the development phase, when there are baby and adult teeth present (between 6 – 12 years), the teeth may not be perfectly aligned. Both the teeth and the jaw go through a lot of growth during this phase. So you don’t need to worry too much if the teeth are not completely straight while your child is still growing as this may not be their final position.
However, in saying that, an early orthodontic (braces) assessment (whilst your child still has baby teeth) could mean more complex orthodontic issues can be prevented in future. While traditionally, most people associated braces to be a ‘high-school thing’ because the last baby tooth in the mouth falls out around 11-12 years old, we now know that some early intervention techniques may reduce the need or at least simplify future orthodontic treatment. We might even be able to avoid braces altogether!
This is why it is so important that your child’s teeth are regularly monitored by a dental professional. As part of all our dental check ups, we complete an orthodontic screening and make recommendations if we believe further orthodontic treatment may be warranted.