When To Get Braces?

There is no age requirement for starting orthodontic treatment. However, between ages 11 to 15 is the most common time for comprehensive orthodontic treatment, and for good reasons. By 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites can easily be detected. These problems will hardly ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.

This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many negative social associations of wearing braces are not yet present. Children in this age range are often persuadable to wear braces because they see their friends wearing them. Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age have high metabolism, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.

More than Straight Teeth

  • We create not only beautiful smiles, but also healthy bites.  A healthy, balanced bite sets your teeth up for future dental success.

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

  • Balanced forces across the teeth
  • Protection from excessive tooth wear
  • Efficiency for chewing and eating
  • More easily maintained oral hygiene (better ability to brush and floss)
  • Improved smile esthetics and confidence

Adolescent Teeth and Bite Issues we Commonly Treat:

  • Crowding & Spacing
  • Bite discrepancies
  • Crossbites
  • Protrusion
  • Underbites
  • Increased overbite/deep bites
  • Open bites
  • Impacted teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Facial and profile imbalances related to the jaws

Schedule An Appointment Now!

Call 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.