The American Association of Orthodontists recommends having an orthodontic exam by age 7 to baseline dental development and screen for indicators of future problems. Dr. Vahab has a conservative approach, and recommends starting orthodontics when all the adult teeth have erupted (11-13 years old) whenever possible. “Early” treatment between 8-10 years old, is reserved for severe space deficiencies and other problems that cannot be corrected later.
Orthodontics is not limited to children and teens. 1 on 5 orthodontic patients are above the age of 21. So, it’s never too late to get the smile you have always wanted.