For Children and Adults
Braces can be used to effectively treat patients suffering from an orthodontic issue whether they are a child or an adult. Both the American Association of Orthodontics and the American Dental Association recommend that children should receive an orthodontic evaluation by the time they are seven. At this point, our dentists will be able to tell how the teeth are going to move as they continue growing into the mouth. Most children start treatment with braces between the ages of 9 and 14. In some cases, children may receive early orthodontic intervention treatment before they receive braces. For adults, treatment can start at any point.
Braces work the same for children as they do for adults. It is possible that treatment may take slightly longer for adults, as their bones are more rigid, which can cause the teeth to resist moving as quickly. Adults are also more likely than children to wear Invisalign, which are clear, comfortable and removable trays. And while there is not necessarily an age requirement for Invisalign braces, Invisalign does require that a patient has lost all of their baby teeth and that their second molars are fully erupted. This usually takes place around 11 for girls and around 12-14 for boys.