Many parents assume that they should wait until their child’s permanent teeth are all in place before orthodontic treatment should be considered, when actually the treatment in many cases would be much easier if problems were detected earlier in the child’s development.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children seven years of age have an orthodontic examination. That does not necessarily mean the treatment should start at that point, but catching it early often means it may take less time, be less expensive and avoid the extraction of permanent teeth before conventional treatment with braces. It is most common to start treatment on young people at 10 1/2 to 11 1/2 years of age.
You might be surprised to discover just how many adults we are serving in our practice. Adult patients are highly motivated and very cooperative, and they often find that they not only like the cosmetic changes but also feel much better physically when their face, jaw and bite are properly treated.