Adolescent Treatment

Adolescent orthodontic treatment usually won’t start until the last of the primary teeth are loose or after all the permanent teeth have started coming in. The best time to assess whether an adolescent is ready for orthodontic treatment is usually around 11 or 12 years of age. An orthodontist uses their specialized training to determine a treatment plan that will usually include braces but will always be the most advantageous for adolescent patients. Issues of tooth crowding, tooth misalignment or growth discrepancies influence these decisions.