Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7.
By age 12, most young teenagers’ permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, allowing our staff to easily detect crooked or misaligned teeth, large gaps between teeth, and any structural problems with the jaw. These common orthodontic problems won’t correct themselves over time, so it’s crucial for parents to seek out our professional orthodontic opinion right away for their young teenagers!
While some people think of braces as a treatment for teenagers, the truth is that it’s never too late to transform the appearance of your smile. Orthodontics work for adults, too! In fact, more and more adults are turning to orthodontics to boost their confidence with a brand new smile.