Adolescence is the optimal time for orthodontic treatment for many reasons. At this time, the body is still growing rapidly and orthodontic treatment can take advantage of that growth by stimulating proper jaw growth or restricting improper jaw growth, respectively. Teeth can be moved at any age, however once the jaws have fully grown and matured, many conditions become more difficult (and costly) to treat.
Dr. Dayan believes that the ideal time to begin adolescent treatment is around the time the final baby teeth are beginning to wiggle. This is because the last baby teeth to fall out are larger than the adult teeth that will replace them. This allows Dr. Dayan to use that extra space in the “changing of the guard” to align the teeth as perfectly as possible. This usually occurs around age 11, but can vary from child to child.
For many teens, braces are a rite of passage. So if you need braces you’re probably not alone! Chances are you’ll see some of your classmates in our office, and you may even make new friends as you go through the process together. When it’s done, you’ll have a smile that you can really be proud of, and benefits that will last your whole life.