6827 Pittsford-Palmyra Rd.
Fairport, NY 14450
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Rochester, NY 14618
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Adolescent Treatment

Page Photo - Phase II and Adolescent Treatment

The most common time to start orthodontic treatment is between ages 11 and 15, and for good reasons. By age 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites can easily be detected. These problems will hardly ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.

This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many negative associations of braces are not present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment, and children are very often able to be convinced to wear braces because they see their friends wearing them, too, and want to fit in.

Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age are growing rapidly, and we can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and teeth correctly. Children at these ages are metabolically active, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the potential discomfort of orthodontic treatment.