My daughter is 15 and has an extra canine tooth growing over her regular teeth. It is not causing her any problems, but should it be extracted right now? Also, her front teeth are protruding slightly. Do you think she is ready for braces at this age?

From your question I gather that the extra tooth is a permanent canine that is growing. In some instances, if the child doesn’t have enough space in the jaw to accommodate all the teeth, the canines erupt either outside or behind their primary/milk teeth, which they are supposed to replace. It is very important that, if it is possible, every effort is made to get the canines into the arch of the jaw instead of extracting them.

I would recommend you consult an orthodontist, who could advise you on the treatment needed. In many instances it would require fixed orthodontic treatment with braces to open the space for the canines and guide them into the arch. This can also correct any other associated problems such as the protrusion you have mentioned.

At 15 she should be ready for braces. In fact, in many cases orthodontic treatment is started at the age of 12 if the diagnosis requires the treatment.

It is important that children have a consultation with an orthodontist at the age of seven to check for potential problems, as appropriate intervention at this age could help to reduce more complex treatment later.