Posted on April 25, 2022
Orthodontic treatment can benefit people of all ages, but the type of treatment recommended varies. To get the greatest experience out of your orthodontic endeavor, many orthodontists recommend different types of treatment for different age groups. Read on for a breakdown on some of the best options for children, teenagers, and adults.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the best time to get evaluated for orthodontic treatment is at age seven. From age seven and throughout their early teens, children are likely to be in school with other students and friends who are also wearing braces or orthodontic treatment of some kind. Traditionally, this age group does well with metal braces as they do not have to be removed to brush or floss, and aside from rubber bands, the orthodontists themselves do most of the required adjustments at each checkup.
Typically, teenagers are very concerned about their appearance, and therefore more self-conscious when it comes to their smile. If teenagers do not yet understand the delayed gratification that comes with orthodontic alignment, they may benefit most from invisible braces or trays. For example, lingual braces can be installed behind the teeth, which does require brushing and flossing. This alternative to traditional braces accommodates those who wish to undergo orthodontic treatment without sacrificing the look of their smile.
Adults naturally lead busier lives than children, and many wish to keep their orthodontic treatment private and therefore opt for invisible treatment. Aligners, such as Invisalign aligners or Spark aligners, provide nearly transparent orthodontic treatment. Aligners allow adults to manage their own progress as they replace trays every two weeks and track how many hours a day they wear them. Those who opt for aligner treatment must be prepared to wear their aligners for at least 22 hours per day. However, aligners can be removed for brushing, flossing, eating, and drinking.
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