Statistically, the most common age range during which people seek braces is adolescence, between ages 11 and 15. The reason is not all that surprising. By the age of 12, most of the permanent teeth have erupted and are settled in place. As such, most issues with crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites are readily apparent to the patient and his/her guardians.
Choosing the Right Time for Orthodontic Treatment
Hardly ever will any of the problems listed above correct themselves over time. Because of this, most parents make the decision to seek braces for teens and early adolescents.
A major reason that the pre-teen and teenage years are a popular time for children to undergo orthodontic treatment is psychological. So many children are in braces during this period that there is little reason for them to feel self-conscious and, therefore, they are excited to have braces themselves.
Another reason that adolescence is considered to be a good time for orthodontic treatment involves a behavior orthodontists call “compliance.” In short, most pre-teen and early teenage patients have reached a more responsible age and will demonstrate better care for their braces. The more compliant the patient is, the better and faster the outcome.
Perhaps the greatest benefit to orthodontic treatment during adolescence is purely biological. Because of the growth that children experience during these years, Drs. Harvey and Thomas can help shape the patient’s bite and teeth more comfortably and with greater control. Also, thanks to the typical teenage metabolism, the overall treatment time is often shorter than treatment sought later in life.