The most common age for orthodontic treatment is during adolescents, between the ages of 11 and 17. By age 12, most if not all of our permanent teeth have erupted and are in place. Crooked teeth, gaps between our teeth and bad bites can easily be detected . These problems rarely correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment for their children.
This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment, and children are willing to wear braces because they see their friends wearing them and want to fit in.
Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age are growing rapidly, and orthodontists can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and teeth correctly. Treatment in children or teenagers who are still growing may yield results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have completed their growth. Children at this age have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic treatment is a smart investment in your family, your smile, as well as your dental, physical and emotional health. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak. Many people find a beautiful smile adds to self-esteem, self-confidence and leads toward career advancement. We live in a competitive world and a great smile can give you the edge.
A variety of orthodontic “appliances” are available today. Options include traditional metal braces, tooth-colored braces, clear aligners and other devices, as appropriate. Check with our orthodontists about the best way to achieve your smile of a lifetime.