The ages of 11 through 15 are the most common time for orthodontic treatment, and for good reason. By 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 hardly ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment. These ages also are when rapid growth happens, allowing for orthodontic appliances to modify growth and the relationship of the jaws.
As orthodontics is most commonly associated with the “teen years” many adolescents are less apprehensive about the appearance of wearing braces or Invisalign than young adults. Additionally, children at this age also have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.
Our office offers a variety of treatment options for teenagers, including:
Contact Hershey Orthodontics for an initial complimentary examination, and we will be able to determine the best time for treatment and outline the treatment plan, expected duration, and approximate cost.