For many teens, braces are a rite of passage but is there any particular reason why orthodontic appliances and teenagers seem to go together? In a word: Yes.
There are several good reasons why the optimal time for orthodontic treatment is during adolescence, though occasionally even earlier intervention is called for. It has to do with the development of the teeth. Although there’s no set timetable for every kid, generally by the age of 11-13 the baby teeth have all been lost, and the permanent ones have largely come in. This is the time when we can go to work correcting problems that can cause a bad bite (malocclusion), improper tooth spacing or poor alignment.
Orthodontic problems don’t improve with age — they simply become harder to treat. Since the body is still growing rapidly at this time it’s easier to treat many orthodontic problems during adolescence. Whether we use traditional braces, Invisalign or appliances like palatal expanders, we can create an improved appearance and function in a short period of time. Once the bones of the face and jaw are fully developed, many conditions become more difficult (and costly) to treat.
If you need braces, you’re not alone! Chances are you’ll see some of your classmates or peers in our office. When it’s done, you’ll have a smile that you can really be proud of.