Right Age for Orthodontic Treatment
A question that gets asked often by those seeking orthodontic treatment for the first time is, “What is the right age to be getting orthodontics?” To start off, it’s important to know is that it’s never too late to start. Orthodontic treatment can begin at any age, but the type of treatment you receive will be different. And, the changes you make earlier in life may prove to be preventative as you get older.
Childhood Orthodontic Evaluation is recommended by many orthodontists for kids as young as seven. Children lose their baby (primary) teeth and have their adult (permanent) teeth between the ages of 8-14. This is when orthodontists can prevent problems by correcting teeth, less invasively, as adult teeth grow in.
Issues to Monitor Even if you’re thinking of holding off on treatment, you should look out for signs of potential problems. These include early or late loss of teeth, misaligned teeth, difficulty chewing, sunken/protruding jaw, or if your child still sucks on a pacifier or their thumb. Jaw issues or a misaligned bite are complicated issues, and you could save your child more time with orthodontics by getting these issues treated early on.
Adults Seeking Orthodontic Treatment are more common than ever! The Canadian Association of Orthodontists reported recently that more than 1 in every 4 orthodontic patients are 21 and older. This is likely due to new options that are less visible than metal braces such as ceramic brackets, lingual braces, and Invisalign.
No matter your age, everyone deserves to be confident with their smile. Why not start with a consultation? Book a free one with us at Orthostyles today.
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