The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children be seen at the age of 7 for an orthodontic evaluation. Specifically, we would like to see the 6-year old molars have erupted and the front adult teeth have started to appear which typically occurs between the ages of 6 and 8 years old.
Braces are not just for children. An increasing number of adults are seeking orthodontic treatment not only to improve their smile, but to increase their confidence and overall quality of life. Adult treatment may consist of finally seeking correction of non-addressed issues apparent since childhood, to wanting minor corrections from lack of retainer wear overtime. There are now many aesthetic options to make the thought of braces less daunting. Adult patients should find out if they are candidates for clear braces or Invisalign® treatment, both of which have made great strides in allowing adults to be more comfortable with the look and feel of orthodontic appliances.