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Adolescent Orthodontics in Coquitlam

The age range of 11 to 15 years old represents the most common time to get braces. By age 11 or 12, most people have a full set of permanent teeth and are therefore ready to begin orthodontic treatment if required. Because crooked teeth and bad bites rarely correct on their own, getting started with braces at this time seems to work best for most people.

By starting during this range of age 11-15, you minimize many of the negatives associated with braces:

One of the common negatives of braces is peer pressure or at least perceived peer pressure. What will my friends think? What will my coworkers, family, prospective employers, spouse, etc. think? Fortunately, peer pressure tends to be a very positive force for braces at this age.

As orthodontics has moved into mainstream Canada, an increasingly higher percentage of families are seeking orthodontic services for their children. Therefore, many youths today ask for braces when they see their friends beginning orthodontic treatment as a way of “fitting in” and going through a shared experience. While we certainly do not recommend braces for those individuals with already healthy bites and straight teeth, children who would benefit from braces are often easily convinced to have treatment since it is socially acceptable to do so at this age.

In addition to positive peer pressure, there are other reasons to have braces at this time:

Adolescents at this age are growing very quickly as part of the pubertal growth spurt. This makes possible orthopedic changes to the shape and size of the jaws and may make a successful outcome more likely.

Also related to the pubertal growth spurt is a generally higher rate of metabolism as pre- or early teens rapidly mature into their adult size. Orthodontists can use this high rate of metabolism to shorten treatment time and minimize soreness to the teeth. 

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