The most common time to begin orthodontic treatment is between the ages of 11 and 15. By the age of 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites can be easily detected. These problems will rarely ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment for their children.
This is also a great time for orthodontic treatment because many negative associations of braces are not present as many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment at that time and may consider it more socially acceptable.
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. And children at this age have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment. Our office makes every effort for our young patients to feel comfortable and answer any questions they may have about their braces.