Is Orthodontics only for teenagers?

Even though Orthodontics is generally associated with the teen years, the best time to start treatment is an individual thing and depends entirely on what type of problem you may have.

If the jaws are out of line, treatment should begin early in life (7 - 9 years) while the jaws are still growing. Early treatment moves jaw bones and chewing muscles into position to correct the bite. If only the teeth are out of line, you may wait until all the permanent teeth are in (11 -12 years). The important point is to schedule an Orthodontic examination as early as possible.

Today, more and more adults are seeking Orthodontic correction to improve their smile and their oral health.

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