Orthodontic treatment is generally best carried out in children, but adults can have orthodontic treatment too. Age is less important than having the proper number of teeth. In children it may be necessary to wait for enough teeth to come through before starting treatment.
National Health treatment is free for children up to the age of 18 and students up to the age of 19. Treatment will be specific to your child, and depending on what needs to be done, would consist of either a fixed or removable brace, or a combination of both as the treatment progresses, but your Dentist or Orthodontist will explain what is required.
To make braces more acceptable to young people, manufacturers have made brightly coloured elastics, the tiny rubber bands that hold the wires to the braces. Children can choose elastics with their school colors or a holiday color scheme, such as orange and black for Halloween, or their favourite football team.