Phase II and Adolescent Treatment
The most common time for orthodontic work is early adolescence, generally from age 11 to 15, but will vary depending on needs. For most children, teeth will have fully come in by age 12 – and when all permanent teeth are in place it is much easier to find issues and problems like crooked teeth, overbite, or gaps which could cause present larger hurdles later in life. Generally these problems need orthodontic work and will not be solved naturally without intervention and corrective procedures or treatments.
Teenage Braces and Optimal Timing for Correction
Braces are another factor which come into play regarding aesthetics, and early adolescence is a great time to wear braces. Wearing braces at this age is very common, so many of your child’s friends and peers will typically be wearing them as well. This age is the perfect time to address issues which become present once all adult teeth erupt, and braces are often the right way to correct problems.
Growth spurts are another common theme with this age group, and this presents an advantage for children undergoing orthodontic work. Sudden and more rapid growth will usually come with changes to your bite, positioning of your teeth, and overall smile, and the ability to change it as it grows makes for a much smoother process in general.
Another benefit of performing orthodontic work during early adolescence is the ability of younger adults with faster metabolisms to heal quickly and bounce back more rapidly as compared to older adults.
What To Expect During Your First Visit
Dr. Prentice performs a thorough examination of each patient, and this always includes an evaluation of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to ensure your treatment plan includes all potential problems. Her recommendations will include the full course of treatment and phases, as well as the timing with correspondence to payment options and overall cost. At Prentice Orthodontics, we work with our clients to ensure you are able to manage their treatment plan and understand how we intend on helping your child achieve a healthy and happy smile.