Braces can be a sort of right of passage for a lot of teens. Along with physical growth, a change in self awareness, and different taste in fashion and music, braces can be just another symbol of change. Orthodontics and teenagers often seem to go hand in hand, but is there a particular reason for this? The answer is yes!
There are a number of reason why adolescence is an ideal time for orthodontic treatment, although in certain cases treatment may be required even earlier. The first reason is that because, although all children develop and grow at different rates, generally between the ages of eleven and thirteen the baby teeth have all been lost and the permanent ones have come in. It is at this point that the orthodontist can begin working on correcting issues of poor alignment, bad bite (malocclusion) or improper tooth spacing.