Is my child ready for braces?
The most common time for orthodontic treatment is between the ages of 11 and 15. This time period offers a great opportunity for smile and bite correction. By this age most, if not all, of the permanent teeth have erupted so issues like crooked teeth, gaps, and bite problems are easy to detect, but the jaws are still malleable. Growth spurts can be used to help with correction of bite problems at the same time that teeth are aligned. The adolescent years are also a good time for orthodontic treatment because as so many teens have braces, social concerns can be reduced.
The goals of adolescent treatment include:
- Alignment of permanent teeth
- Guiding impacted teeth into the mouth
- Correcting bite problems
- Creating a balanced and harmonious facial profile
Traditional metal braces are most frequently used treatment for adolescents, but if cosmetics is a concern, treatment options such as ceramic brackets, self-ligating brackets and clear aligners are also available.