The Gold Standard (Age 10 to 14)
Between the ages of 10 and 14 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment. This time is known as “The Gold Standard.” In orthodontic circles, it is when the most amount of treatment can be achieved in the least amount of time.
This is because of the rapid changes occurring in the mouth due to jaw and tooth growth.
This is also a positive time for orthodontic treatment due to the fact that many negative associations of braces are not present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment partly because of the reason listed above.
Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age have high metabolisms, which can assist in shortening the overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.
Examples of Adolescent Therapy
The most typical process of adolescent therapy is to gradually add braces until they are all in place and then remove them all at the same time.
Progressive addition of braces allows for Dr. Grob to observe growth, minimize discomfort and react to unanticipated or undesirable growth. It lessens the need for teeth to be removed.
Typically, the upper braces are on for 6 to 9 months followed by the lower braces for 6 to 9 months and then the 12 year molars for the remaining period for a total of from just under 2 years to up to 2 ½ years. Rare situations, usually related to slow tooth growth or growth discrepancies, result in more time. Likewise, favorable growth, hitting the right growth spurt and exceptional cooperation may shorten the time.