The main reason people choose to get orthodontic treatment is that they want a smile they can be proud of. However, orthodontic treatment can address a variety of health issues. When your bite is not aligned, it can cause jaw pain, headaches, and uneven wearing of the teeth. While treatment will give you the most benefit when done early, it is never too late to seek orthodontic help.
But can it be too early? Yes, in the vast majority of cases. However, you should not wait long. Every child should have completed their first visit to the orthodontist by age 7. At this age, most children will have a mix of both baby and adult teeth, making it easier to see both current issues and emergent issues.
Teenagers are ideal candidates for orthodontic care. All the issues should be clear, but since they are still growing, they should also be easier to treat. However, even if you are well into adulthood, it isn’t too late for you to receive orthodontic care. We all deserve beautiful, healthy smiles, no matter our age.
Early treatment allows your orthodontist to:
Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
Create more space for crowded teeth
Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
Correct thumb-sucking and help improve minor speech problems
Signs that someone might need orthodontic treatment include:
Early or late loss of baby teeth
Difficulty biting and chewing when eating
Finger or thumb sucking
Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
Jaws and teeth that are not to scale with the rest of the facial features
Teeth that do not align properly
Orthodontics for Children
Seeking early orthodontic treatment for your child has many benefits. Phase 1 treatment allows the doctor to:
Guide jaw growth to allow permanent teeth to emerge in the correct alignment
Regulate the width of upper and lower arches
Provide more space to reduce crowding of teeth
Avoid extraction of permanent teeth
Improve speech issues
Orthodontics for Teens
As noted above, teens are at the perfect age for receiving orthodontic treatment. If you are worried about how long you will be in treatment—and therefore wearing braces—that will depend on your individual needs. The earlier you are treated, the faster treatment tends to go. If you follow our guidelines precisely, you should expect treatment to go quicker. However, the biggest factor is what corrections need to be made.
Orthodontics for Adults
If you are well into adulthood, it isn’t too late to correct your smile. If you are scared of getting braces, don’t be. There are plenty of options out there for you to choose from that can meet your wants and needs. Seeking treatment now is best, as the issues you have can become worse over time.
There are several reasons why adults may need orthodontic treatment, including:
Teeth that fit together badly, called malocclusion
Teeth that are crowded together or too far apart
Pain or pressure on the jaw due to crooked teeth
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