Adolescent Treatment

v-braces2The ideal time to assess whether or not an adolescent is ready for orthodontic treatment is around the age of 12. Treatment usually begins when the last primary teeth are loose or after all the permanent teeth have erupted.

The orthodontist uses their specialized training to determine a treatment option that will be the most advantageous for adolescent patients. Issues of tooth crowding, tooth misalignment or growth discrepancies influence these decisions.

Keep in mind that the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child’s first visit be at the age of 7. The orthodontist can monitor growth and tooth development early on and plan for the best treatment when they reach adolescence.