The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that an orthodontist first see a child as early as age seven and even earlier if a parent or the family dentist discovers a problem. The timing of orthodontic treatment is extremely important and greatly affects the treatment result. Since no two patients are alike, there is no specific age that is best to begin treatment.
While people tend to associate orthodontics with children, over 35% of orthodontic patients are adults. Today’s less noticeable braces and clear aligners have contributed to this increase in popularity. New techniques and materials now allow extended intervals between appointments to make treatment more convenient than ever. Adults of all ages can fully appreciate the return on an orthodontic investment: a great smile, improved self-confidence and better dental health.