Is your child old enough for braces? What about you? Are you too old for braces? If there’s a question that orthodontists and orthodontic providing dentists hear frequently, it’s one about what the proper age is for someone to begin their orthodontic treatment. In short, there’s an extremely wide window for patients to consider their orthodontic therapy, and the different age brackets have various pros and cons to therapy during different parts of their life.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an orthodontic consultation by age 7. At this point, early interceptive treatments can be started, if necessary. Early intervention can help aid in proper tooth eruption patterns that affect or prevent orthodontic needs later on. The majority of orthodontic patients don’t begin care until all of their primary teeth have been lost, and braces are placed onto the newly erupted permanent teeth to help place them in the correct location. Younger ages of therapy can make it easier to perform growth modification of the jaws, anatomy of the bite, and move teeth that are still developing.
Adults are quickly becoming one of the biggest groups of orthodontic patients. This is partially due to their lack of access to orthodontic therapy as children, and now being able to access it due to financial independence. Adult patients are typically very devoted to their care routines, which improves the rate at which care can be completed. The availability of different types of adult braces, such as clear or invisible braces are very appealing to adults and do have some influence on why so many of them are now choosing braces.
Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental
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