When is the right time to visit an Orthodontist?

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age but early intervention at a young age can make orthodontic treatment easier and faster for your child.

It is recommended that from the age of 3 your child should start seeing a General Dentist. Regular dental visits will ensure that the health and development of your families teeth are tracking well. It also means that if there are any concerns in regards to your child’s dental and facial development that they can be referred on to see an Orthodontist.

Early intervention or what we call Phase 1 treatment, is not necessary for all children. An example of a child who would benefit from early treatment would be a child who has/had a thumb sucking habit. Thumb sucking can affect the growth of both the upper and lower jaws and the earlier you can treat something like this the easier it is to treat.

If phase 1 treatment is completed at the right time it can mean that phase 2, comprehensive treatment, may not be required later on making it also more cost effective for the family.


Seeing an Orthodontist for these discussions and decisions, over your general dentists, is a must.

An orthodontist is a dentist who has undergone an additional 3 years of studying, making them the experts in straightening teeth and correcting bites.

Dr Craig Scott and Dr Vanessa Hawkins have in-depth knowledge when it comes to the latest technologies and practices that are required to make sure the health of your child’s teeth and jaw development are seen to.


We offer complimentary consultations, so even if you are unsure, there is no reason to delay your child’s first visit to an orthodontist!

Head to our ‘Book Now’ page to see if phase 1 treatment will help your family.


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