It is important to remember that orthodontic treatment can happen at any age. Older patients who wish for their teeth to be straighter come into our office every day. This being said, there is an optimal time for patients to begin visiting our orthodontist.
Patients can benefit the most from visiting an orthodontist around the age of seven. At this age, our expert can examine the baby teeth and any permanent teeth that have come in to see how they are progressing, and predict whether or not they may need orthodontic help. At this time, it is unlikely that they will undergo treatment right away, as it is imperative for all of the adult teeth to grow in first.
If necessary, they will receive an appliance, such as metal or clear braces, during the early teenage years. This is when they are old enough for all of their teeth to have come in, but young enough that the jawbone is still malleable, and able to be manipulated. This will allow the teeth to be moved easier.