The best time to start orthodontic treatment is when all of the permanent teeth have erupted.  This is generally between the ages of 11 and 14 years.  Many times your child will express concerns about gaps or overcrowding and crooked teeth.  All of these can be taken care of with braces during this age range particularly when your child is excited about braces.

Problems to watch for in growing children

Anterior crossbite

Anterior Crossbite

Top teeth are behind bottom teeth.

Posterior crossbite

Posterior Crossbite

Top teeth are inside of bottom teeth.




Open bite

Open Bite

Front teeth do not meet when back teeth are closed.




Deep bite

Deep Bite


Underbite or complete class iii


Lower teeth sit in front of upper teeth when back teeth are closed.

Diastema - spacing between teeth


Gaps between teeth

Oral habits

Oral Habits

Sucking on thumbs or fingers


Images and captions, courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Straighten-up Orthodontics

910 878-5796

301 Birch St

Raeford, NC 28376


Seven Lakes Orthodontics

910 673-0820

1064 Seven Lakes Dr

West End, NC 27376