Orthodontic Needs

Orthodontic Needs

Q. I’m still self-conscious about my crooked teeth. Is it possible to be “too old” for orthodontics?

A. You can never be too old to begin orthodontic treatment as long as your teeth and gums are in good health and you see a dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups. It’s not uncommon for 70 year old’s to want to make their smile better! The American Association of Orthodontics recommends an evaluation for orthodontic treatment as early as age 7. Early detection of orthodontic problems is important in order to take corrective action (Phase 1 treatment) to avoid a more difficult treatment later. The typical age for treatment in children is around age 12. This is when all the permanent teeth have fully erupted, including the second molars, also known as 12-year molars.

Joshika Kanabar, D.D.S., M.S. \ Walnut Central Orthodontics orthodontistdallastx.com

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