Between the ages of 11 and 14 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment, and for good reasons. By 11-12 years old, 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 rarely correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.
This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many of the negative associations with braces are not present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment and are often excited about wearing braces because they see their friends wearing them and want to fit in.
Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends and showing off their colors, children at this age have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.
Call our office for an initial FREE smile examination and we will be able to determine the best time for the treatment and outline: the treatment plan, the expected treatment duration, and the approximate cost for the treatment.