When is a good time to put on braces?
It is generally advisable to start braces anywhere between the ages of 10-12, assuming there are no major bite discrepancies detected early on.
Different orthodontists and pediatric dentists may have their specific preferences depending on their treatment philosophies, but it is generally advisable to begin braces once all the baby teeth have fallen out and the second molar is at least partially showing.
When there are major bite discrepancies, such as crossbites (where the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth in the case of an underbite), or premature loss of baby teeth leading to foreseeable severe crowding, it may be advisable to begin interceptive phase I orthodontics as early as 7 years of age in order to start correcting major issues. That way, when the child is older, the case will be more manageable because issues were corrected before they could worsen.