Orthodontic Time

Orthodontics Appropriate Age

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Orthodontics during the growth of facial structures is easier to accomplish and will be more successful in less time. After this period, correcting the relationships will require more time and energy. However, alignment of teeth at an older age and correction of maxillofacial malformations at a younger age are the most common goals of treatment. The patient’s age is important because it shows us what treatment options we have.

Is the factor of growth beneficial?

Orthodontics can be done as long as the teeth are in the mouth, and it is never too late. According to the American Orthodontic Association, the first orthodontic visit should be performed when the first orthodontic problem is observed, which should not be later than 7 years old. Orthodontic treatment may not be necessary at age 7, but careful examination will help determine the best time to begin treatment. Early examination allows identification of problems in a timely manner and provides a great opportunity for treatment. Skillful intervention in the patient’s growth pattern can guide growth and development and prevent more severe problems during this period. The first molar, which plays an important role in chewing and tooth matching, appears at age 7 in the mouth. At this age, the orthodontist can evaluate the relationships between teeth and jaws.

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The time of treatment depends on the type and severity of malformation. Treatment in younger patients will be easier, shorter and more successful. Patients with jaw problems should be examined before puberty. The best time is usually 9 years for boys and 8 years for girls. But depending on the type of anomaly, treatment can be initiated sooner, in other words, in some cases treatment should be started even earlier than the age of 8-9 years depending on by the type of malformation. Jaw problems diagnosed by the orthodontist should be treated using orthodontic appliances because if left untreated, the problem can no longer be treated through orthodontics alone and jaw surgery may be needed.

Therefore, timely visit is important for the treatment of tooth and jaw disorders, but if there is no jaw problem and only the teeth need to be aligned, the patient can be treated at any age, although it is recommended to start treatment at the age of 10-12 in such circumstances. Therefore, patients with dental problems can be treated at any age provided that there is no gum problem, but if there is a jaw problem in adulthood, orthodontic treatment alone will be ineffective and the patient will need surgery along with orthodontics. Jaw problems diagnosed before puberty can be treated through orthodontics alone without any need for jaw surgery. It should be reemphasized that patients with jaw/skeletal problems will experience a more successful treatment if visit an orthodontist before puberty, and the growth process can be used in orthodontic treatment. Although misaligned teeth in adult patients can be treated non-surgically with brackets and wires, jaw skeletal problems should be corrected through orthodontics and then the jaw position is repaired through surgery.

 The best time to start orthodontic treatment

The treatment time depends on the type of anomaly, but orthodontics can be performed at any age. Treatment in younger patients will be easier, shorter and more successful. Of course, the type of malformation is also of great importance in determining the treatment time. Patients with jaw problems should be examined before puberty. The best time is usually 9 years for boys and 8 years for girls. Jaw problems diagnosed by the orthodontist should be treated using orthodontic appliances because if left untreated, the problem can no longer be treated through orthodontics alone and jaw surgery may be required.

Therefore, timely visit is important for the treatment of tooth and jaw disorders, but if there is no jaw problem and only the teeth need to be aligned, the patient can be treated at any age, although it is recommended to start treatment before puberty in such circumstances. Therefore, patients with dental problems can be treated at any age providing the lack of gum problems, but if there is a jaw problem in adulthood, orthodontic treatment alone will be ineffective and the patient will need surgery along with orthodontics. Jaw problems diagnosed before puberty can be treated through orthodontics alone without any need for jaw surgery.

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About Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist

Dr. Jamilian, an orthodontist, has a specialized fellowship in orthodontic surgery and maxillofacial abnormalities and is a full-time professor in the orthodontics department of the Dentistry School of the Islamic Azad University. He is member of Iranian and European Board of Orthodontics (EBO) and is a member of the Iranian, American and European Orthodontists Association.

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