Until recently, kids did not undergo any sort of orthodontic treatment until they were between the ages of 12 and 14. However, in many cases, treatment is more effective when administered while children are younger, often between the ages of 7 and 11. The increased efficacy of treating kids at a younger age stems from the fact that children’s teeth grow and settle into place more dramatically when they are younger. Growth patterns that are problematic can be identified early on and corrected before drastic measures, such as tooth extraction, become necessary.
Another advantage of treating kids earlier on in life is that they tend to be more cooperative. Once kids hit the pre-teen years, it can be difficult to persuade them to adhere to certain treatment regimens, such as elastics. Treating kids at an earlier age can minimize these problems.