Most often comprehensive orthodontic correction with full braces is done during adolescence – sometimes as the second phase of a two-phase treatment plan and sometimes as a single phase. In general, it is best to start as soon as all the baby teeth have been lost and the permanent teeth are in place - and certainly before development of the facial structures is complete. This may be as early as age 10 or 11 in girls and as late as 13 or 14 in boys. The less mature the teeth, jaws, and facial muscle systems are, the more rapidly correction can be accomplished and the less likely there will be any tendency for re-occurrence of the bite problem that has been corrected.
Adolescents that have had a first phase of early treatment usually have their full braces for less time than teenagers whose treatment is deferred until after all the permanent teeth have come in. But that is not always true. Some less complex bite problems may not benefit from early orthodontic treatment and it may be recommended to do the correction in a single phase in adolescence.
And here is the good news - many adolescents are candidates for Invisalign Teen™ a system of clear, virtually invisible removable aligners that progressively straighten the teeth just like regular braces.
The doctors at Orthodontic Associates of Mercer Island are the experts who can advise teenagers and their parents as to what type of braces will work most efficiently and assure the most successful treatment outcome. Want to learn more? Call 206 232 9600 to schedule an EXAMINATION APPOINTMENT so you can discuss your particular circumstances. We welcome the chance to meet you and to evaluate your individual orthodontic health care needs.