The most common time for orthodontic treatment occurs between the ages of 11 and 15. By the age of 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites can easily be detected. These problems will rarely correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.
This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because most children are influenced by their peers, and braces are extremely popular for this age range. Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age are growing rapidly, and Dr. Schulhof can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and teeth correctly. Children at this age have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.
Here are a few signs of when you should take your child to the orthodontist
- Loss of baby teeth is premature or delayed
- Trouble biting or chewing thoroughly
- Sucking fingers or thumbs
- Blocked-out, misplaced or crowded teeth.
- Biting the roof of the mouth or the cheeks
- Improper bite
- Disproportionately sized jaws or teeth
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