When is the Right Time to See an Orthodontist?

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Orthodontic treatment is not very glamorous, but the results can be life-changing. Whether you’re an adult concerned about your own teeth or you’re considering treatment for your child, you may be wondering whether orthodontic treatment is right for you or your family and when’s the right time to see an orthodontist.

When to Book an Appointment

There is no one answer to this question, as the timing of treatment will vary depending on the individual case. However, there are some general guidelines that can help you decide whether now is the right time to seek orthodontic treatment.


If you’re an adult, the most important factor to consider is whether you’re happy with the appearance of your teeth. If you’re unhappy with the way your teeth look, and this is affecting your confidence and self-esteem, then it may be time to consider orthodontic treatment.

It’s also important to consider the function of your teeth. If your teeth are causing you pain or making it difficult to eat or speak, orthodontic treatment could make a world of difference to your daily life.


If you’re considering orthodontic treatment for your child, experts recommend that children have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven. This is because, by this age, most children have a good mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, which makes it easier for the orthodontist to assess their bite and identify any problems.

Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, and some children may need to be seen earlier or later than age seven. If you’re concerned about your child’s teeth, it’s always best to consult with your orthodontist to get their professional opinion.

How a Consultation Helps

If you’re thinking about orthodontic treatment, the best thing to do is to book an appointment with an orthodontist for a consultation. During this session, the orthodontist will assess the teeth and bite and give their professional opinion on whether orthodontic treatment is right for you or your child. They will also be able to give you more information on the different types of treatment available and the approximate cost.

Orthodontic treatment is an investment, both in terms of time and money. But if you’re unhappy with your teeth, it can be worth it for the boost in confidence and self-esteem that a beautiful smile can bring.

Rockingham Dental Centre can offer you access to skilled orthodontists who will be able to provide you with an assessment and create a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. We use technology to create the most accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for our patients. This means that you can be sure you’re getting the best possible care.

If you’re ready to take the next step and book an appointment for an orthodontic consultation, we’d be happy to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Dr. Hari Menon

Dr. Hari Menon

Hari is an owner of Rockingham Dental Centre. A graduate from the University of Western Australia, Hari’s dental career has taken him as far as Darwin where he has had experience in many rural areas with indigenous communities. He has also completed numerous hours of continuing education with an emphasis on aesthetic dentistry ranging from ceramic inlays/onlays, veneers, crowns and restorations for implants. He is always eager for the latest tech and gadgets available on the market.

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