The most common time for orthodontic treatment is between the ages of 11 and 15 because by the time a child is 12, most, if not all, of their permanent teeth are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites can easily be detected. This is the time when children are growing rapidly and we can take advantage of this growth to help shape the bite and teeth correctly.
It is easier to treat orthodontic problems during the teenage years, as the patient is still growing at this stage of life. Waiting until adulthood can be problematic, as it can become more difficult to treat in adulthood and in some cases more costly as well.
Some of the most common situations where orthodontic treatment might be considered in adults are:
Crowded, crooked or misplaced teeth
- Under-bite / Overbite
- Jaws and/or facial asymmetry
- Excessive spacing between the teeth
- Upper front teeth protrusion