Between the ages of 10 and 15 is often the ideal time for orthodontic treatment since by age 12, most of the permanent teeth have all erupted in place. This is the time when crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites are most apparent and can easily be detected. These problems will hardly ever correct themselves, and may in fact worsen with time, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.
Benefits of Growth
At this age, adolescents are also undergoing a period of growth spurt, which may be beneficial if growth modification is required to correct common bite problems. Children at this age also have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.
Fitting Right in
This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many negative associations of braces are not present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment, and children are very often able to be convinced to wear braces because they see their friends wearing them, too, and want to fit in.
Contact our office for an initial FREE examination, and we will be able to determine the best time for the treatment and outline: the treatment plan, the treatment duration expected, and the approximate cost for the treatment.