When teeth need remedial support.
Conventional orthodontic treatment normally starts at the age of 9 or 10. Nonetheless, if misalignments are recognized early on, even 6 year old children can be treated with comparatively little effort. In general, tooth and jaw corrections should ideally be made in childhood, because of the ongoing growth process. Today, 40-60 percent of all adolescents undergo orthodontic treatment.
Depending on the case, the teeth are treated with removable or fixed appliances. In case of simple malalignments, removable braces may be an excellent solution. A so-called combination therapy is used for more complex tooth and jaw problems. In a first step, removable or partly fixed braces are used to correct occlusion. In a second step, fixed appliances — in other words brackets and arches — are inserted for individual tooth movements.
It is important that children and parents know that persistence, consistency, patient participation, and tooth care are necessary to achieve good results. The time needed is approximately 3-4 years.