The Right Age
Orthodontists today can successfully correct most problems regardless of the patient’s age. Since no two patients are alike, there is not a specific age that is best to begin treatment. But that does not mean that the orthodontic treatment starting age does not matter. In fact, it may play a significant role in the total time and expenses required for the completion of the orthodontic treatment.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that an orthodontist first see a child as early as age 7 and even earlier if a problem is discovered by a parent or the family dentist. Early diagnosis and treatment by a specialist can help guide facial growth and tooth eruption and prevent more serious problems from developing. At Spannhake Orthodontics, our goal is to reduce treatment time in full braces and to provide the best and most stable results possible.
Adolescent Treatment Adolescents that show signs of misalignment of teeth or a dysfunctional jaw or bite are strong candidates for orthodontics care. Usually, by the age of 11, most of the permanent teeth have erupted and patients are at one of their most active phases of growth. This facilitates the correction of malocclusions and shortens treatment time.
It is very typical for adults, no matter what age, to experience rotation or misalignment of teeth. Our philosophy is…It’s never too late to fulfill your dreams. With the innovation of esthetic braces more adults are seeking orthodontic care. As long as the bone and gum tissue are healthy teeth can be aligned and a beautiful smile can be achieved.