Orthodontics for Adolescents

Orthodontic treatment is most common between the ages of 11 and 14 for important physiological, as well as psychological reasons.  First, most to all of the permanent teeth have usually erupted, permitting a thorough diagnosis and comprehensive therapy.  Issues such as teeth rotations, crowding, and spacing will likely not self-correct and can worsen into adulthood. Second, during this stage of development, the facial bones and jaws are not yet fully-formed and can respond favorably to orthopedic intervention when indicated.  

This is often an ideal time for younger children and early teenagers to undergo orthodontic treatment because of reduced social considerations.  Seeing their classmates and teammates also wearing braces can reduce their anxieties, and can often reinforce certain prescribed treatments, such as wearing rubber bands.

Finally, increased metabolisms can lessen recovery time to periodic adjustments, reducing dental soreness as well as overall treatment time.