Although it may seem early, it is recommended that children first see the orthodontist by age 7.
They usually have enough permanent teeth by this time that an evaluation can be done to assess their teeth and jaw – and any orthodontic issues they may potentially face in the future.
Orthodontic treatment will not begin this early, but early intervention steps can be taken, if necessary, to reduce the need for treatment later.
So, if it doesn’t start this early, then when exactly is the ideal age for orthodontic treatment? Let’s find out.
Is Orthodontic Treatment Necessary?
If needed, orthodontic treatment is essential for oral health. Otherwise, you may be left with bigger concerns from unaddressed issues, such as tooth decay, gum disease, abnormal wearing of teeth, and so forth. And this is why treatment is necessary.
Orthodontists treat many things, including:
- Open bites
- Misaligned teeth/bites
And this can leave you with:
- A proper bite
- Better speaking and chewing abilities
- Less risk of tooth decay or tooth loss
- Avoid costly and complex dental procedures in the future
Most of all, orthodontic treatments leave you with an enhanced smile that you can feel confident with.
Types of Orthodontic Treatments
Traditional braces have been around for years — and that is what most people associate with orthodontic treatments. However, today’s orthodontists can offer many different options to treat dental issues.
A few of the most commonly used treatments include:
- Metal braces
- Clear braces
Each works dutifully to clear up the orthodontic issues mentioned above. And they work relatively within the same time frame, too.
Invisalign is a popular choice for those needing mild to moderate treatment, but it is important to remember that since they are removable, the effectiveness of the treatment falls on the patient. In order for them to work, they have to be worn at least 20 to 22 hours every single day.
For younger patients seeking a clear alternative to traditional braces, clear braces can work beautifully. They are bonded to the teeth so that they are always working to correct orthodontic issues.
Discuss your greatest possibilities with your orthodontist.
The Ideal Age for Orthodontic Treatment
The ideal age for orthodontic treatment is between about 10 and 14 years. The reason for this is that permanent teeth have usually already erupted yet the jaw bone and facial structure are still developing. This makes orthodontic treatment easy as it can manipulate the teeth and jaw so that it falls into its ideal position.
Adults can always seek orthodontic treatment at any age, but since they are done growing and their teeth and jaw have found their permanent position, moving and adjusting them takes a bit more effort and time. Don’t let this discourage you from gaining the incredible end result.
Ready for Orthodontic Treatment?
At Bisson Dentistry, we personalize our orthodontic treatment to meet the needs of our patients. While there may be an ideal age to seek out this specialty, everyone is different. If you are in need of orthodontic treatment, we offer our services to those in the greater Guelph, Ontario area.