The Right Age
Orthodontists today can successfully correct most problems regardless of the patient’s age. But that does not mean that the orthodontic treatment starting age does not matter. In fact it may play a significant role in the total time and expenses required for the completion of the orthodontic treatment.
We believe there is a benefit to early treatment of certain orthodontic problems. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that an orthodontist see children starting at the age of 7. At Elizabeth Blake Orthodontics, we routinely see patients between the ages of 7-10 to monitor their growth and development; however we only intervene when necessary. It is important to note that:
- Dr. Blake can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.
- While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only Dr. Blake and her team can detect.
- Early treatment may prevent more serious problems in the future.
- Early treatment may make treatment at a later age less complicated.
- Some treatments may not be possible once the face and jaws finish growing.
- Monitoring growth and development earlier allows the orthodontist to guide jaw growth, correct harmful oral habits, and guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position.
Because patients differ in physiological development and treatment needs, our goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.
Teenagers comprise the majority of patients in our practice. We pride ourselves on our ability to get our adolescent patients excited and motivated about their orthodontic treatment! We understand that the teenagers have concerns with how they look or feel about their treatment. We offer different esthetic options, such as traditional metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign Teen, and lingual (braces placed behind the teeth) treatments.
For those who can benefit from orthodontics, age is not a factor. Many adults realize that improving the health of their mouths and the attractiveness of their smiles and facial appearances can result in changes for the better in their personal, social, and professional lives. There is no age limit when it comes to having a beautiful smile!