Between the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment, and for good reasons. By 12 years old 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 for their children.
This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many negative associations of braces are not present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment, and children are very often excited to wear braces because they see their friends wearing them, too. Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age are growing rapidly, and we can use these growth spurts to our advantage to help shape the bite and teeth correctly.
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