This is quite a complex question to answer. One of the key things to remember though is that there is no prescribed age that a child should be examined to determine whether they need braces or not. Some children benefit from braces at 9 years of age and others when they are 15, as it depends largely on what dental development stage they are at.
For example, widening the palate is more effective in earlier years, when the palate has not finished growing. This type of treatment can make more room for teeth that would otherwise be crowded.
There are some behaviours or conditions you can keep an eye out for which may indicate that your child may benefit from braces. Things to look for as your child’s adult teeth come in can include:
- Visible crowding
- Crooked teeth
- Top teeth that close inside the lower teeth
- Teeth that do not completely close
- Abnormal wear to tooth surfaces
The best way to find out whether you child may need braces is to visit the dentist regularly so that any anomalies can be detected early and the best treatment can be prescribed.