Teens and pre-teens are the age group most associated with braces. Between the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment, and for good reasons. By 12, 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 will hardly ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.
Why is this a good time for Orthodontic Treatment?
Orthodontic treatment in children works best while they are still growing. This is especially important for girls, whose growth often slows down or stops while they still harbor baby teeth. Some children retain their baby teeth until 14 or 15. Children at this age also have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.
Cooperation is an essential part of successful orthodontic treatment. Pre-adolescents are often enthusiastic about braces, are eager to please adults, and they look forward to the experience. This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many negative associations of braces are not present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment, and children are very often able to be convinced to wear braces because they see their friends wearing them, too, and want to fit in.
Braces, school, sports and family activities?
It’s a hectic time integrating school, sports, family and social obligations with visits to the orthodontist. Dr. Toro will try to facilitate these competing demands with treatment as short as nature allows, a fun filled environment, and flexible scheduling. Teens get to choose the color of their braces, or when appropriate, Invisalign®. Seeing our teen patients grow into attractive confident young adults is our treatment objective and greatest pleasure.
Contact our office for an initial FREE examination, and we will be able to determine the best time for the treatment and outline: the treatment plan, the treatment duration expected, and the approximate cost for the treatment.