Between the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment, and for good reason. By age 12, most, if not all, of the permanent teeth are in place and crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites are highly visible. We can often take advantage of the remaining growth to make the necessary orthodontic corrections and create an exceptional smile for your child. Since many of their friends are in braces at the same time, most adolescents LOVE being part of the braces crowd. After-school visits at Maleki Orthodontics in Washington can be lots of fun when kids see their friends from school, church, or sports teams!
If at all possible, please don't wait until your child is an adolescent to have their first orthodontic examination. We provide a no cost examination so that children can be screened at a young age and problems can be identified that would affect their orthodontic treatment. While it's never too late to start orthodontics, early screening can have a positive impact on the outcome, treatment time, and cost.