Orthodontics for Children
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends for children to have an initial exam at the age of seven to determine if they would benefit from early orthodontic treatment. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually erupted by then, and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. Some problems, if left untreated, can make treatment more complicated later in life.
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One out of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. Jaw surgery is more often required for the adult population because their jaws are not growing and are unable to be manipulated. Adults are also more likely to have unhealthy bone supporting their teeth and may require periodontal treatment before, during, and/or after orthodontic treatment. Bone loss may limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable.