Adolescence is usually the best time for orthodontic treatment to correct the problems that cause a bad bite (malocclusion), improper tooth spacing or poor alignment.
-This is due to remaining active growth along with the leeway space created by the smaller adult pre-molars replacing larger baby molars.
-There's no set timetable, but generally, by the age of 11-13 the baby teeth have all been lost, and the permanent ones are in.
- Most orthodontic problems don't improve with age — they simply become harder to treat.
- Whether we use standard braces, Invisalign, or appliances like palatal expanders, we can create an improved appearance and function in a shorter period of time. In later years, when the bones of the face and jaw are fully developed, many conditions become more difficult and costly to treat.
There's even a social element to getting orthodontic treatment in adolescence. If you need braces, you're not alone! Chances are you'll see some of your classmates in our office.
When it's done, you'll have a smile that you can really be proud of and benefits that will last your whole life.