The most common age to begin treatment is between the ages of 11 to15. Typically by age 12, most of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place. Crowded teeth, spaces, and bad bites can be easily detected. Because these problems rarely correct themselves, most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.
This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many negative associations of braces are not present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment, and children are very often able to be convinced to wear braces because they see their friends wearing them too, and want to fit in.
Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age are growing rapidly, and orthodontists can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and teeth correctly. And children at this age have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.
The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time and may allow you to choose from several options. Your options may include metal braces, clear braces, or transparent aligners for teens (Invisalign teen).
During the initial examination, Dr. Marcel will be able to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. During this initial examination, Dr. Marcel can outline the treatment plan, time of treatment expected and the approximate cost.