Adolescent Treatment

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. Detection of crooked teeth, spacing and over or under bites can easily be detected. These problems will rarely ever correct themselves, so this is when most patients and parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.

Adolescents at this age are growing rapidly, and orthodontists can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help improve the bite and align the teeth correctly. By harnessing natural adolescent growth in most circumstances will help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontic treatment at this age may be beneficial for many social reasons. Teenagers usually become more aware of their appearance and have a desire to fit in with their peers. A beautiful smile is a great asset and a boost to your self confidence. Also it is helpful and supportive to go through orthodontic treatment when your friends are going through the same experience together.