Esquire Dental Centres in Toronto consist of three well established dental clinics located in the east side of the Greater Toronto area. In North York call Esquire Dental @ 416-494-2127. In Scarborough 416-267-1848 and in Pickering call 905-420-6226.
Orthodontics for Children
When Should A Child Get Braces?

Although individual problems determine the best time to start orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that every child should have an orthodontic assessment at an early age, no later than age 7.

Many orthodontics problems are easier to correct if detected early rather than treating when jaw growth has slowed. Unfortunately many parents assume that they must wait until a child has all of his permanent teeth, only to find out that the treatment would have been much easier and less costly when started earlier.


Early treatment can reduce the time and complexity of the treatment. Most bite problems are inherited, and therefore can't be prevented, but early diagnosis can help.

Although many people associate orthodontic treatment with adolescence, we maybe able to spot subtle problems with jaws growth or with the teeth much earlier while the primary or baby teeth are present. Conditions that may indicate the need for early examination include:

  • early or late loss of teeth
  • mouth breathing
  • crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  • speech difficulties
  • teeth that meet abnormally, or don't meet at all
  • jaws that are too far forward or back
  • difficulty in chewing or biting
  • thumb sucking
  • jaws that shift or make sounds
  • biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
  • facial imbalance
  • grinding or clenching of the teeth
Early Diagnosis Can Provide Peace Of Mind.

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, a dentist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.