Have you ever caught yourself thinking, “Am I too old for braces?” or “Is my child too young to start orthodontic treatment?” If so, you’re not alone. These are common concerns for many individuals considering orthodontics, and the answer might surprise you. At Walt Orthodontics, we firmly believe that it’s never too late or too early to invest in a beautiful smile.
The concept of an age limit for braces is a myth that we often encounter in orthodontic practice. Many people mistakenly think that braces are exclusive to teenagers. However, the reality is quite different. Orthodontic treatment, including braces, can be beneficial at any age, from early childhood to later adult years.
Children and Braces: Early Intervention is Key
The Canadian Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic consultation around the age of seven. This might seem early, but it’s a crucial step in identifying and addressing potential orthodontic problems before they become more complicated. Early intervention can guide the growth of the jaw, correct harmful oral habits, and make room for permanent teeth, making future treatment quicker and less invasive. Sometimes we recommend doing treatment before age 7 for kids with functional crossbites leading to jaw asymmetry. If you’re not sure it’s better to be safe than sorry so we will gladly see your child before the age of 7.
Teenagers and Braces: The Classic Combination
Teenage years are often considered the “golden age” for braces. This is mainly because, at this stage, the jawbone is still growing, and the permanent teeth are more amenable to movement. However, remember that each case is unique. The orthodontic treatment is customized to the individual’s needs, and a thorough consultation is essential to determine the best course of action.
Adults and Braces: It’s Never Too Late
Adult orthodontics has seen a dramatic rise in recent years. More and more adults are seeking to improve their smiles and oral health. Remember, it’s never too late to achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Modern braces and aligners are more comfortable and less noticeable than ever before. Whether it’s for cosmetic reasons or to correct long-standing dental issues, adult braces can provide significant benefits. However, we do let most adults know that gum recession and black triangles are the most common risks of adult orthodontic treatment.
Really, there is no set age limit for braces. Orthodontic treatment can be a life-changing journey, irrespective of your age. At Walt Orthodontics, we are committed to helping you achieve your best smile at any stage of life. We invite individuals of all ages to come in for a complimentary consultation. From LightForce braces to Invisalign, we have many custom options available. Visit us in Vaughan and let’s explore together how orthodontic treatment can improve your life. Remember, it’s never too early or too late to invest in your smile!