Orthodontic treatments, especially braces, are often associated with the teen years. But braces, retainers, aligner trays, and other orthodontic devices can benefit different people at different ages, and there's no "one size fits all" answer to those who are looking to improve their dental appearance. Learn more about how orthodontic treatment can help dental patients of all ages have straighter, healthier smiles.
Orthodontics for Teens
By the time a child becomes a teenager, all their permanent teeth (except for maybe a couple of molars) should have erupted, making the ages 11-13 the most common time for comprehensive orthodontic treatment.
Having issues corrected while your jaws are still growing can mean a shorter and less complex treatment than you might face if you wait a few years. Growth can often be guided to more easily correct your child’s orthodontic problems. Parents of teens should continue to watch for signs of orthodontic issues, like overlapping teeth, crowded or widely spaced teeth, or "bite" problems.
Orthodontics for Adults
Adults can need orthodontic treatment for a variety of reasons. Some may have never had orthodontic treatment during their childhood or teens or found that earlier treatment "reverted" as they grew older. Others have suffered accidents or injuries that have affected their teeth or jaws, or have noticed a shift in their other teeth as their wisdom teeth emerged.
Adults have a wide range of orthodontic treatment options, including clear or metal braces, Invisalign, lingual (behind-the-teeth) braces, retainers, and more.