Adolescent & Teen Treatment
For many children the ideal time for braces is during the adolescent and early teen years (11-13 years). We often recommend delaying the start of orthodontic treatment until all or most all of the permanent teeth have erupted. The appropriate time to start treatment is determined by the type of malocclusion present. In the absence of any significant problems (structural, crowding or functional) this would be the optimal time for braces.
Braces can usually be completed in one comprehensive phase from 12-18 months instead of the early two-phase treatment approach that is recommended for the more significant problems.
After the removal of braces, retainers would be fitted and placed to maintain our orthodontic corrections as the bone is allowed to reorganize to stabilize our results. Our teeth have the potential to shift throughout life therefore, long term retention is necessary to prevent undesirable shifting associated with the normal ageing process.