The most common time for orthodontic treatment is between the ages of 11 and 15. By age 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place. This is when crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites can most easily be detected and corrected. Since these problems rarely correct themselves this is often when orthodontic treatment is recommended. Most adolescent treatments will take approximately two to two and a half years.
This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many adolescents are excited at the prospect of wearing braces. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment, and are very often ready to take on the responsibility of caring for their braces. 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. Some teens may be candidates for the new invisible treatment, Invisalign Teen®.
To find out if your child would benefit from orthodontic treatment, Request an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation today!