My daughter got her teeth braced young to correct a severe overbite. She had to wear an appliance that adjusted the shape of the bones that support/contain her upper teeth. It was miserable for her, but would have been more painful and taken longer if she had waited til her teens.
I was reluctant to agree to this at first (she was only 8 at the time) but a coworker's wife was having similar work done and was really in a lot of pain -- she lost 15 pounds, because she wasn't able to eat well. (older bones)
We had to have a second course of braces for my daughter, to align her molars once they all came in. This, our insurance did not cover.
I think we did the right thing in my daughter's case, but I would advice anyone to see 2 unrelated orthodontists and see if they recommend the same thing. If they differ, I'd see a 3rd. Most give free consults. Then go with the one you (and your child) feel most comfortable with. GL :-)
at 6:54 PM on Oct. 27, 2010