When is the best time to start Orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment should begin when most, if not all, of the permanent teeth are in. This includes the 12-year or second molars. As soon as these teeth have erupted, usually a young teenager (age 12-13) is ready to begin treatment.
Timing Treatment to Fit the Body’s Natural Growth
There are many benefits to waiting for all permanent teeth to be in including:
– Decreased time in braces
– Fewer appointments
– Faster growth rates
– Less chance of removing teeth
– Enhanced stability of the smile
– Greater cooperation from more mature patients
– Allowing the jaws to naturally grow so as to become larger and more easily accommodate all the permanent teeth
Harnessing the Power of Natural Growth
Bone growth occurs more rapidly during early adolescence years which increases treatment effectiveness. As the jaw bones grow larger, there is more room for teeth, eliminating the chance of tooth removal. Moreover, an adolescent patient is often more mature and more eager to cooperate with treatment.
Contact us today to learn the best time to start orthodontic treatment. Your local orthodontist has options from traditional metal braces to Invisalign and we have affordable treatment options for every case.