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
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
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.