adolescents will have all of their adult teeth (except the wisdom teeth/third
molars) erupted by about the age of twelve. This, however,
can vary in age from ten to fourteen years old. A
good time to start full orthodontic treatment, for an adolescent, is
when the child is
about to lose their last few remaining baby teeth.
Because teenagers are still growing, the teen years are often the
optimal time to correct orthodontic problems and achieve excellent
results. Orthodontic treatment and a child’s growth can complement
each other. By timing orthodontic treatment to predictable stages of
dental development, Dr. Basile may be able to take advantage of your
child’s growth and development. Some problems that can be treated
quite well in a growing child may require corrective surgery if treated
after growth is complete.