Between the ages of 11 and 15, most adolescents are ready to begin orthodontic treatment, and for good reasons. By age 12, most, if not all, of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place. Crooked teeth, gaps, and bad bites can easily be detected. These problems will hardly ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.
Children in this stage are often self-conscious about their appearance. Many of the appliances that are now being used in orthodontics are very small, some are even invisible. All, however, require cooperation from the patient.
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