Braces for all ages
As long as your teeth are healthy, then you are a great candidate to have braces. A straight smile is important at any age. However, orthodontists recommend that children visit their offices at the age of 7 in order to diagnose any problems and to start with preventative care. Catching problems early on will help to avoid problems later on in life. If you were unable to see an orthodontist at a young age, you can still see one later in life to help correct your smile. With the different varieties of braces, friends and coworkers will have no idea that your lunch date is really your orthodontist appointment.
Most orthodontists begin treatment on children between the ages of 9 and 14 as most problems are easily fixable during this time. The earlier the treatment the better because you will be able to help your child correct oral habits that are harmful to their dental development, guide teeth into the correct position and avoid protruding front teeth.
Treatment Later in Life
The most common orthodontic treatments are for spacing, crowding, overbites, under bites and cross bites. These problems can be fixed easily earlier on in life but sometimes it is not corrected. For whatever the reason, as an adult, you can still have these problems fixed during your adult lifetime. The only requirements that you need for braces are that your teeth and gums are in healthy and in good condition.