Here’s a little secret from us at Morgan Orthodontics—the journey to a perfect smile isn’t just for kids or teens; it’s a path open to all at any stage of life. Whether you’re a young child, a bustling teenager, or an adult who’s always dreamed of straighter teeth, orthodontic treatment is your ticket to a great smile and improved dental health. But when’s the best age to get braces if anyone can? For the sake of this question, we’ve created three different broad age groups. But before we get into that, let’s first talk about what orthodontic treatment is.
What Is Orthodontic Treatment?
Orthodontics treatment involves diagnosing, preventing, and correcting misaligned teeth and jaws. Using tools like metal braces, LightForce clear braces, or 3M Clarity aligners, orthodontists help teeth find their perfect place in your mouth.
But what’s the big deal about straight teeth? Improved aesthetics is the most obvious answer, but there are far more benefits than that. When teeth are in the right spot, oral hygiene, eating, speaking, and smiling are much easier and less stressful. So, if you think about it, orthodontic treatment is like a three-in-one solution since braces can improve your mental, physical, and oral health!
Now, let’s talk about the benefits of the three different age groups.
Early Bird Treatment
Our orthodontists support the American Association of Orthodontists’ claim that children should receive a smile assessment by age seven. We know that might sound young, but early evaluations are critical, even if you don’t notice anything “wrong” about your child’s smile.
Children have a mix of baby and permanent teeth at this age, allowing Dr. Morgan and Dr. Coffelt to detect early signs of jaw misalignment, crowding, or other dental issues that might require attention. It’s also important to note that because children’s bodies are still developing, making treatment quicker and more comfortable for your child.
Fortunately, most children don’t need to begin care so young. However, early evaluations are essential in providing efficient, cost-effective care to those that do.
The Teenage Years
The teen years are commonly associated with orthodontic treatment, and there are good reasons for that! Teens have most or all of their adult teeth but still have the easily pliable jaws of children. This combination makes it an ideal time to correct misalignments and prepare for a lifetime of a gorgeous, functioning smile. It’s the best of both worlds!
Teens are also at that age where they can actively participate in their treatment. They can handle the responsibility and make educated decisions that align with their treatment program. This means that getting them treatment doesn’t need to put extra weight on the parents’ shoulders every day.
The Adult Years
Stepping into adulthood often comes with a newfound sense of self-awareness and the desire to make positive changes. While many believe that orthodontic treatments are reserved for the younger crowd, adults are increasingly seeking to perfect their smiles. Here’s why:
- Commitment to Care: With maturity often comes a greater sense of responsibility. Adults are more likely to follow through with treatment plans, maintain regular appointments, and adhere to care instructions, leading to optimal results.
- Financial Independence: Many adults have the financial means or insurance coverage to invest in orthodontic treatments, making care more accessible than it might have been during their younger years.
- Boost in Professional and Social Confidence: A straight smile can elevate an adult’s confidence in various settings, whether it’s acing a job interview, feeling confident on a date, or simply engaging in social activities.
With advancements in technology and various discreet options, like the virtually invisible 3M Clarity clear aligners and the sophisticated LightForce clear braces, getting braces as an adult is not just practical – it’s pretty cool, too. You can get braces without feeling like your temporary screams “teenager.”
So? When Is The Best Age To Get Braces?
If you’re sitting here thinking, “Okay, but you didn’t answer when the best age to get treatment is,” you’re sort of correct. Though we did tell you the advantages of getting care at certain ages, we didn’t explicitly tell you the best age to get braces! And we can’t! At least, not like this.
You see, it all depends on your unique needs, such as the complexity of your case, your lifestyle, your budget, and more.
The good news is, since almost anyone with healthy teeth and gums qualifies for treatment, you can get care at any age! The only way you or your child missed the “best age” to get treatment is if the case is a complex one that might’ve been easier to treat in childhood. But that doesn’t mean you or your child can’t be treated later. It just might take a little longer! Which (again) is why we strongly encourage first evaluations to happen around age seven whenever possible.
Morgan Orthodontics Can Help Create Flattering, Healthy Smiles For The Whole Family!
While age plays a role in orthodontic decisions, it’s not the only factor. Every mouth is unique, and individual needs can vary widely. The most accurate way to plan your orthodontic journey is to receive an examination from an expert orthodontist like Dr. Morgan or Dr. Coffelt.
Morgan Orthodontics proudly offers free in-person and virtual consultations to patients of all ages in Leesburg and Winchester, Virginia! At your appointment, our team will thoroughly look over your facial structure, teeth, gums, and bone health before creating a personalized treatment plan. Contact us today to get started!