Orthodontic treatment can benefit patients of all ages, but braces are most commonly associated with children and adolescents. Whereas orthodontic treatment in children often focuses on developmental guidance, treatment in both kids and adults improves long-term oral health and appearance. Here is more about the best age to start orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontics for Children
Children should generally have their need for orthodontics assessed by age seven. With early orthodontic treatments, more children are able to develop healthy permanent teeth and jaws. Depending on individual requirements, our orthodontist may recommend braces around age seven or during adolescence. Certain patients may also benefit from wearing braces during both developmental stages.
Braces for Adults
Although the teeth and jaws of adults have already finished developing, adults still receive major benefits from braces. For example, correction of bite irregularities lowers risks of tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. Better-looking teeth can also improve self-confidence and quality of life.
Depending on the extent of treatment required and the type of braces chosen, patients generally complete orthodontic treatment in one to two years. Afterwards, our orthodontist gives patients retainers to wear in order to preserve their results. To learn more about the best age to start orthodontic treatment, patients can schedule a consultation with our orthodontist in Torrance.